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

December 2018
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Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Notable papers in autism research in 2018

21 December 2018

This year’s list of top papers highlights new dimensions in our understanding of autism genetics and hints at novel treatments.

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Massive analysis refines map of autism’s genetic roots

by  /  19 December 2018

The largest genetic analysis of postmortem brain tissue to date has yielded maps of when and where genes related to autism are turned on and off throughout life.

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Technique maps center of balance in zebrafish brains

by  /  14 December 2018

A new method enables researchers to plot activity in the zebrafish brain’s system for spatial orientation and balance.

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Autistic children may have to mute own perspective to grasp others’

by  /  6 December 2018

To understand another person’s point of view, children with autism may need to actively suppress their own.

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Siblings, a baby and a toddler, play together at home.
Features / Deep Dive

How pregnancy may shape a child’s autism

by  /  5 December 2018

Autism is predominantly genetic in origin, but a growing list of prenatal exposures for mother and baby may sway the odds.

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Still from video shows a mouse embryo in development.
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Microscope tracks cells in maturing mouse embryos

by  /  5 December 2018

A new microscope creates images of a mouse embryo as it grows from a ball of about 100 cells into a structure with a primitive heart and brain.

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November 2018
Black and white images shows human neurons grafted onto a mouse brain grow over time.
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Human neurons take root in living mouse brains

by  /  30 November 2018

Neurons grown from human stem cells and grafted onto the brains of live mice mature and form connections like those in the fetal human brain.

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Three columns of brain images show patterns of brain connections.
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Repetitive behaviors tied to brain activity patterns in toddlers

by  /  29 November 2018

Children who have repetitive behaviors, a core autism trait, may show particular patterns of brain activity as early as 1 year of age.

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Young children with autism may show brain-fluid buildup

by  /  19 November 2018

Autistic children aged 2 to 4 have about 15 percent more fluid between their skull and their brain than their typical peers do.

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Mouse brain atlas reveals details of developing cerebellum

by  /  16 November 2018

A new database displays gene-expression patterns in individual cells of the developing mouse cerebellum over time.

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