Extra copies of a gene called BOLA2 predispose people to autism and may protect against iron deficiency.
Sleeping zebrafish show two patterns of neuronal activity that are analogous to those in people.
Genes associated with autism are ancient, and mutations in them have wide-ranging effects on the body, indicating their importance.
Certain repeated stretches of DNA that are linked to the expansion of the primate brain may also enhance autism traits.
Autism and intelligence share genetic variants, researchers grow Neanderthal mini-brains and see overlap with autism, and maternal diabetes is an autism risk factor.
Cooperative problem-solving may have kept human brains small, researchers puzzle over new European online privacy rules, and Canadian officials counter unfounded claims of a cure for autism.
Integrating human-specific genetic elements into mice may provide a permissive, ‘humanized’ environment for studying autism.
Autism parents fall for the marketing of essential oils, the pruning hypothesis of brain development matures, and an online manual classifies mouse behavior.
A pruning protein reshapes neurons, culture should be a consideration in trials of autism treatments, and another U.S. state adds autism to the list of indications for medical cannabis.
Two new gadgets join the gene-editing toolbox, many children with autism get smarter with age, and a survey points to a research reset for Autism Speaks.