Tag: mouse models

February 2018
Certain genetic regions in mice loosen their wrapping around support proteins after the animals learn a new task.
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Autism genes abound in DNA regions involved in learning

by  /  22 February 2018

The same processes that enable the brain to store new memories may also control many autism genes.

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colorful hands marking a path
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Twist on gene-editing tool may speed studies of gene function

by  /  21 February 2018

Researchers have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to dial down a gene’s activity in select subtypes of neurons in mice.

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rat behind bars
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Rats with autism mutation turn deaf ear to playful entreaties

by  /  20 February 2018

Male rats missing an autism candidate gene called SHANK3 spend less time sniffing, nuzzling and chasing their peers than controls do.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
12th
2018
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Ultrasound exposure; maternal age; ‘special’ interests and more

by  /  16 February 2018

Autism is not associated with ultrasound frequency or duration, maternal age and education affect autism odds, and people on the spectrum benefit from their ‘special interests.’

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slice of mouse brain showing neuron connection
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Interactive mouse brain atlas helps researchers share data

by  /  9 February 2018

An online software suite charts individual neurons and their connections across the mouse brain.

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January 2018
group of rats on wood chips
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Drug in trials for one autism-linked condition may worsen another

by  /  26 January 2018

The drug rapamycin, which is in clinical trials as a treatment for tuberous sclerosis, may exacerbate features of fragile X syndrome, another condition related to autism.

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three mice with one in the spotlight
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‘Retired’ mice find new life as top models for autism

by  /  25 January 2018

As the list of autism candidate genes grows, some mouse models of the genes turn up in long-forgotten studies.

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Male fetal mice that lack a microbiome have more microglia (green, right) in certain brain regions than controls do (left).
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Early changes in brain immunity may underlie sex bias in autism

by  /  22 January 2018

How the brain’s immune cells develop in ‘germ-free’ mice might help explain why autism is more prevalent in boys than girls.

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Week of JanuaryJan
15th
2018
News / Spotted

Social genome; nonspeaking host; microbiome brain and more

by  /  19 January 2018

Common genetics may help forge social ties, a nonspeaking woman with autism hosts “The Late Show,” and the mix of bacteria in the gut may relate to brain structure.

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Week of JanuaryJan
8th
2018
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Ratio reversal; gender bender; ad accusations and more

by  /  12 January 2018

The male-dominated sex bias in autism is reversed in a related syndrome, a researcher’s gender could influence her study’s outcome, and an award-nominated ad featuring a young man with autism draws criticism.

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