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Meet the ‘mitomaniacs’ who say mitochondria matter in autism

by  /  22 November 2021
Clues that problems with mitochondria contribute to autism have been accumulating for decades. In the past five years, a mutant mouse and a flurry of findings have energized the field.
Illustration shows a boy with converging patterns overlapping; these lines signify autism and intellectual disability.

The blurred line between autism and intellectual disability

by  /  15 April 2020
Doctors often conflate autism and intellectual disability, and no wonder: The biological distinction between them is murky. Scientific progress depends on knowing where the conditions intersect — and part ways.
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Spotted around the web: Gut microbiome, oxytocin treatment, hippocampus development

by  /  31 January 2020
Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 27 January.