Mice missing the autism gene NLGN3 have altered social behaviors and brain responses to the hormone oxytocin, both of which improve after treatment with a drug that helps regulate protein production.
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Conversations between an autistic and a typical person involve less smiling and more mismatched facial expressions than do interactions between two typical people.
The brainstem controls such disparate functions as breathing, sensation and sleep — all of which can be altered in autism.
A growing number of studies are revealing circuits that may underlie social challenges in autism — and how to fine-tune them.
A pair of tools that gauge social abilities in rhesus macaques may help researchers study autism-like behaviors in monkeys.
Hearing difficulties and autism often overlap, exacerbating autism traits and complicating diagnoses.
Nearly all genes with moderate to strong ties to autism are expressed in the developing amygdala; a few show altered expression in the amygdalae of autistic people.