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December 2020
Paper DNA with one torn base to signify a point mutation.
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Analysis links 98 genes to neurodevelopmental conditions

by  /  10 December 2020

Genetic sequences from nearly 53,000 people with autism, developmental delay or intellectual disability reveal strong ties to 98 genes.

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October 2020
neurons in green.
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Brain organoids reveal neuronal flaws in syndrome tied to autism

by  /  12 October 2020

Neurons derived from people with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome show deficits in calcium signaling and electrical activity, pointing to possible therapeutic targets.

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May 2020
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Ultra-sensitive protein activates neurons in response to external light

by  /  27 May 2020

A new, minimally invasive technique allows researchers to activate neurons in the brains of mice and monkeys by using a light source located outside of the head.

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January 2020
neurons firing in black and white
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Brain organoids may shed light on seizures in Angelman syndrome

by  /  22 January 2020

The mutation that causes Angelman syndrome makes neurons hyperexcitable, which may explain the frequent seizures that most people with the syndrome have.

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Artificial neurons may repair damaged cells and circuits

by  /  17 January 2020

Electronic neurons made from silicon mimic brain cells and could be used to treat conditions such as autism.

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May 2019
Child with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome seated in a red wagon outside.
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Pitt-Hopkins syndrome may point the way to autism treatments

by ,  /  1 May 2019

Researchers have identified a drug that works in individual cells and rodent models of a form of autism known as Pitt-Hopkins syndrome.

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September 2018
Mouse brain photograph shows the area of drug delivery highlighted in red.
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Brain implant mutes seizure-like activity in mice

by  /  28 September 2018

A new brain implant pumps chemical signals directly into a target region to ease seizure-like activity in mice.

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April 2018
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Top autism gene may alter sensory perception

by  /  16 April 2018

An unusual brain response to sound may distinguish children with mutations in SCN2A, a leading candidate gene for autism.

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June 2017
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In race to crack autism’s code, two contenders shoot ahead

by  /  27 June 2017

Two candidate genes have risen to the top, and may help scientists understand what autism really is.

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Mini-brains bare tortuous trek of cells in Timothy syndrome

by  /  23 June 2017

A new technique for building a ‘brain in a dish’ reveals how neurons move to their proper places during fetal development.

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