These short reports from Spectrum journalists highlight some of the autism-related findings that caught our attention at the meeting this past week.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Treatments that counteract the effects of an SCN2A mutation in mice increase the animals’ sociability in adulthood, according to a new unpublished study.
Altered electrical activity in the neurons of mice with a mutated copy of SCN2A may explain the animals’ autism-like social behaviors.
Deleterious mutations in an autism-associated gene can make neurons hyperexcitable, raising the risk of epileptic seizures.
Activity patterns of neuronal networks link different genetic subtypes of autism that have similar traits, according to new unpublished research.
Misaligned gene expression maps suggest that some autism-linked genes play distinct roles in mouse and human brains.
Mutations in any of 10 autism-linked genes in frogs lead to the same overabundance of brain cells that develop into neurons; the sex hormone estrogen lowers this excess.