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September 2021
Illustration of large microscope with spotlight on DNA strand representing focus on basic research leaving families in the twilight waiting room.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Autism research continues to stress basic science over improving interventions

by  /  14 September 2021

For 40 years, the preponderance of autism research has focused on understanding the causes and characteristics of the condition rather than testing assessments or interventions in community settings.

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Illustration shows two octopi interacting on a yellow background.
Features

Getting eight arms around autism

by  /  8 September 2021

Octopuses can solve some of the same problems as people but do so in unusual ways.

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August 2021
News

Drugs boost serotonin, socialization in multiple autism mouse models

by  /  6 August 2021

The finding that MDMA and an experimental serotonin agonist increase sociability across six different model mice suggests that disparate autism-linked mutations converge on the same underlying pathways.

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Portrait of the Lane family in Kentucky.
Features / Deep Dive

Moving for autism care

by  /  4 August 2021

Disparities in state services for autism are driving families to relocate. But not everyone can afford to move, and others find that their new home also has faults.

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July 2021
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News

Double empathy, explained

by  /  22 July 2021

The double empathy theory challenges the idea that social difficulties are specific to autism and suggests that problems arise from a mismatch in perspective between autistic and non-autistic people.

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Micrographs comparing motor cortex neurons in mice with and without an extra copy of MECP2 gene.
News

Blocking key pathway reverses brain, behavior changes in autism mouse model

by  /  19 July 2021

Neurons in mice with an autism-linked mutation sprout extraneous protrusions, an overgrowth accompanied by above-average motor learning. Inhibiting a cell signaling pathway reverses the effect.

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Illustration shows yellow landscape with blue sections and a lot of trains on paths with kids on the trains, going different directions.
Features / Deep Dive

Mapping the futures of autistic children

by  /  14 July 2021

Researchers can roughly project what autistic children’s lives will look like years down the road. But how good is their crystal ball — and what are its benefits?

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News

Polypharmacy, shifting prescriptions common for autism comorbidities

by  /  1 July 2021

Roughly 30 percent of people with autism plus another condition, such as anxiety, are prescribed three or more psychotropic medicines. And that mix frequently changes from year to year.

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June 2021
Dr. Huda Zoghbi portrait
News / Profiles

Huda Zoghbi: Taking genetic inquiry to the next level

by  /  25 June 2021

Over the course of a career spanning more than three decades, Huda Zoghbi has won almost every major biology and neuroscience research award that exists. More than 20 years since she discovered the gene behind Rett syndrome, she remains laser focused on unlocking the condition’s secrets and finding effective treatments.

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News

After 60 years, scientists are still trying to crack a mysterious serotonin-autism link

by  /  4 June 2021

The high levels of serotonin seen in the blood of some autistic people have confounded scientists for more than half a century. Despite so little progress, some researchers refuse to give up.

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