Two candidate genes have risen to the top, and may help scientists understand what autism really is.
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A new technique for building a ‘brain in a dish’ reveals how neurons move to their proper places during fetal development.
A drug used to treat excessive swelling seems to ease autism features in some children on the spectrum.
Some mutations in a gene called SCN2A make neurons less excitable and are linked to autism; others have the opposite effect and may cause seizures during infancy.
Mutations in a gene called SCN2A have opposite effects in autism and in epilepsy.
A new tool allows researchers to simultaneously study the physical, genetic and electrical properties of individual neurons.
A new tool marries an unusually bright fluorescent protein to a light-sensitive pigment to illuminate individual neurons as they fire.