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The Brain

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

November 2018
Outlines of mice neurons have long branches.
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Rodent models of autism miss milestone in brain signaling

by  /  4 November 2018

In mice exposed to maternal inflammation in the womb, a key chemical messenger never makes the switch from exciting brain signals to inhibiting them.

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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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In autism brains, neurons may take up more space than usual

by  /  4 November 2018

People with autism have more gray matter — or neuronal matter — in their brains overall than their typical peers do.

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Mutations in autism gene may be treatable beyond infancy

by  /  4 November 2018

A top autism gene called SCN2A plays a role at neuronal connections into adulthood, offering hope for treating mutations after infancy.

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Tweak cleans up ‘pollution’ in images of firing neurons

by  /  3 November 2018

Targeting a fluorescent protein to the cell bodies of neurons enables researchers to clearly see which neurons fire when.

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Fever in pregnant rats alters pups’ social skills

by  /  3 November 2018

Fever in pregnant rats around the time of delivery disrupts their pups’ communication and social behavior.

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Decoy protein defangs immune molecule linked to autism

by  /  3 November 2018

A specially made ‘decoy’ protein prevents an immune molecule from crossing the placenta; the strategy may prevent the brain changes that lead to autism.

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Reactions from SfN 2018

by  /  1 November 2018

Spectrum heads to San Diego to cover the annual Society for Neuroscience conference.

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October 2018
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Study calls into question chemical messenger’s role in autism

by  /  29 October 2018

New results from brain scans of adults with autism are at odds with the popular theory that the condition involves weak brakes on brain activity.

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New tool provides real-time glimpse of brain activity in mice

by  /  26 October 2018

A transparent set of electrodes enables researchers to simultaneously record electrical signals and visualize neurons in the brains of awake mice.

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