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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: fragile X syndrome

September 2017
Illustration of Protein factories at neuronal junctions

Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

by ,  /  12 September 2017

Some genes linked to autism regulate the production of proteins at neuronal junctions, suggesting that disrupted protein synthesis contributes to the condition.

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August 2017
Three white mice.

Social interactions shape gene expression in fragile X mice

by  /  16 August 2017

Mice missing FMR1, the gene mutated in fragile X syndrome, have an atypical brain response to meeting an unfamiliar mouse.

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Week of JulyJul
31st
2017

Autism unsurprised; diagnostic camouflage; Neanderthal legacy and more

by  /  4 August 2017

People with autism aren’t easily surprised, the social camouflage some girls and women with autism use may preclude diagnosis, and autism-related genes are rooted deep in human ancestry.

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July 2017

Diabetes drug eases fragile X features in mice

by  /  3 July 2017

A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes reverses behavioral and brain abnormalities in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome.

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June 2017

Tube test tracks social behavior in mice

by  /  30 June 2017

Measuring how long a mouse cozies up with a cagemate in a tiny tube can help to detect social impairments in mice.

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Why it’s time to spin autism genes into drug screens

by  /  27 June 2017

Autism researchers’ top priority should be shifting their focus to finding treatments for severe forms of the condition.

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Week of JuneJun
19th
2017

Fathering geeks; GWAS weaknesses; Prozac protection and more

by  /  23 June 2017

Paternal age drives ‘geek index’ scores, GWAS may have a big weakness, serotonin boosts mouse social behaviors, and what is science Tinder?

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April 2017

Mighty element plays major part in autism

by ,  /  18 April 2017

Probing the function of a protein in a calcium signaling pathway may lead to a diagnostic test for autism and a path toward treatments.

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March 2017
Four white mice bike ahead of a white rat, who is juggling on a unicycle; suggesting that rats can do more for research than mice.

Meet the newest contestant in the scientific rat race

by  /  15 March 2017

Mice have long been the mainstay of autism research, but a small group of scientists say rats are the superior choice. Rats are bigger, smarter, friendlier — and a lot more fun.

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Autism experts see benefits to tweaking drug approval process

by  /  13 March 2017

Many researchers oppose unfettered deregulation of the drug approval process, but welcome more relaxed rules for clinical trials.

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