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Autism’s core symptoms accompany a constellation of subtle signs that scientists are just beginning to unmask.

November 2018
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Genetic background can alter behavior of common mouse strains

by  /  7 November 2018

Mice with different genetic backgrounds have distinct behavioral profiles — and that may muddle findings from mouse research.

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Brain waves of autistic children show delay in language learning

by  /  6 November 2018

Babies eventually diagnosed with autism learn to detect speech sounds later than their typical peers do.

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Roundworm roundup may reveal function of autism genes

by  /  6 November 2018

Tracking how roundworms crawl has enabled scientists to determine that many autism genes are involved in sensory processing and learning.

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Robot ‘rat’ meets real rat — and science happens

by  /  6 November 2018

An autonomous robotic ‘rat’ may offer novel insights into the social responses of its warm-blooded counterparts.

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Zebra finch in a researcher's hand is given an oxytocin blocker.
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Blocking oxytocin causes birds to sing solitary tunes

by  /  5 November 2018

Inhibiting the social hormone oxytocin alters the songs male zebra finches sing to attract females.

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Pattern of squeaks corresponds to social behavior in autism mice

by  /  5 November 2018

The pattern of high-pitched calls a mouse makes may reflect how, and how much, it is interacting with other mice. The pattern holds for typical mice as well as for two mouse models of autism.

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Low brain hormone levels may be reliable marker of autism

by  /  5 November 2018

Children with autism tend to have low levels of the hormone vasopressin in their brain, according to the largest study yet to look at the levels.

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Rett marmoset model made with CRISPR has its debut

by  /  5 November 2018

Scientists used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to create two marmosets lacking MECP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome.

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Brain scans of rats reveal molecular clues to autism’s link

by  /  4 November 2018

Rats exposed prenatally to a cocktail of ‘autoimmune’ molecules have altered levels of two types of compounds needed for brain development.

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Siblings of children with autism may have trouble with motor tasks

by  /  4 November 2018

Siblings of children with autism have motor difficulties similar to those in autistic children, but milder.

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