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The Brain

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

April 2018
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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News

Microglia may have only small appetite for synapses

by  /  2 April 2018

Microglia come into frequent contact with synapses, the connections between neurons, but they appear to nibble on them rather than engulf and digest them.

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March 2018
News / Toolbox

Tiny particles safely stimulate neurons buried in brain

by  /  30 March 2018

A new technology that converts near-infrared light to visible light can manipulate neurons nestled deep in the brain.

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News

Gene on chromosome 16 may be valuable player in autism

by  /  29 March 2018

Deleting one copy of a gene called MVP impairs the brain's ability to adapt to changes in the environment.

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News

Attention deficit disorder, autism share cognitive problems

by  /  22 March 2018

Children with autism may have many of the cognitive difficulties seen in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Roundtable: Debating diagnostic criteria for autism

17 April 2018

Watch the complete replay of our roundtable on the utility of the DSM-5’s diagnostic criteria for autism. 

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News

‘Outmoded’ mouse models of autism may still yield new advances

by  /  21 March 2018

Many researchers question the value of three early mouse models of autism, but the models have their staunch supporters.

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