Tracking how roundworms crawl has enabled scientists to determine that many autism genes are involved in sensory processing and learning.
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Signs & Symptoms
Autism’s core symptoms accompany a constellation of subtle signs that scientists are just beginning to unmask.
Inhibiting the social hormone oxytocin alters the songs male zebra finches sing to attract females.
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.
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.
Scientists used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to create two marmosets lacking MECP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome.
Rats exposed prenatally to a cocktail of ‘autoimmune’ molecules have altered levels of two types of compounds needed for brain development.
Siblings of children with autism have motor difficulties similar to those in autistic children, but milder.
Girls and boys with autism show different patterns of brain activity in response to sensory stimuli.
Rhesus macaques that are drawn to other monkeys’ faces in videos also tend to be highly social with their peers.