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The Brain

Charting the structure and function of the brain’s many circuits may unravel autism’s mysteries.

News / Toolbox

New map reveals web of connections from single neurons

by  /  18 May 2018
A new map reveals the routes of individual neurons in visual regions of the mouse brain.
News

Study challenges theory that protein surplus underlies fragile X

by  /  16 May 2018
Many people with fragile X syndrome show average rates of protein production, challenging a long-held assumption about the condition.
News

Social smells evoke unusual responses in people with autism

by  /  10 May 2018
People with autism use different brain regions than typical people do to distinguish between the scents of familiar and unfamiliar individuals.
May 2018
News

Scans reveal sex difference in brain thinning during childhood

by  /  9 May 2018

Part of the brain’s outer layer thins too quickly with age in boys with autism, but not in girls with the condition.

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News / Toolbox

Wearable device accurately scans brains in moving people

by  /  4 May 2018

A new neuroimaging device that is worn like a helmet enables researchers to map the functional activity of a person’s brain as she moves her head.

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April 2018
News

Brains of men with autism have some ‘female’ patterns

by  /  25 April 2018

The brains of men with autism may have a mosaic of features from both genders.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Shafali Jeste discusses brain development in high-risk infants

25 April 2018

Watch the complete replay of Shafali Jeste discussing her work investigating brain structure and function in infants at high risk for autism. 

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Opinion / Q&A

Autism genes assign starring role to support cells in brain

by  /  24 April 2018

Genes linked to autism are critical to the development of star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, suggesting a key role for the cells in the condition.

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News / Toolbox

Active neurons emit visible glow from depths of animal brains

by  /  13 April 2018

Modified versions of molecules found in fireflies make brain cells glow so brightly they are visible from outside the body.

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News

Genes altered in autism may control brain’s thickness

by  /  12 April 2018

Some genes associated with autism may influence the thickness of the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer.

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News / Toolbox

Silicon nanowires stimulate neurons with light

by  /  6 April 2018

Microscopic silicon wires could enable scientists to excite neurons with light without first inserting genes into them.

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News

In autism, brain’s emotion hub begins with too many cells

by  /  6 April 2018

The amygdala, a brain region that governs emotions, may be enlarged and overly connected in children with autism, but it shrinks as the children grow up.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How to break new ground in the search for autism biomarkers

by  /  3 April 2018

A large dataset that catalogs the features of many brain conditions could transform the quest for biomarkers of autism.

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