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

February 2019
A series of 3D mouse brains
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Mouse models pinpoint effects of top autism gene

by  /  18 February 2019

Two independent sets of mice missing a copy of SETD5, a top autism gene, link the gene to the condition’s traits.

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Stabilizing head mold leads to sharper brain images

by  /  15 February 2019

A customizable Styrofoam mold minimizes head movements during brain scans, enabling researchers to produce clearer images.

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‘Editing’ of RNA may play sizeable role in autism

by  /  14 February 2019

People with autism may show scant activity in a poorly understood molecular process thought to regulate gene expression.

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January 2019
Three views of the human brain show connectivity
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Sensory, motor connections may be disrupted in autism brains

by  /  31 January 2019

Links between sensory and motor brain networks may be unusually weak in individuals with autism.

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Webinar: Christine Wu Nordahl reveals new autism brain-imaging strategies

30 January 2019

Watch the complete replay of Christine Wu Nordahl discussing new ways to expand participation in autism brain-imaging studies.

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Rat model of autism shows unusual brain growth at birth

by  /  30 January 2019

The brains of rats exposed in utero to the seizure drug valproate show a significant increase in brain size around the time of birth.

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New brain maps hint at cerebellum’s role in cognition, language

by  /  25 January 2019

A new analysis of brain scans highlights variations in the cerebellum, a brain area implicated in autism.

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Bright labeling shows neurons.
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Imaging technique paints neuronal fibers in dazzling colors

by  /  18 January 2019

A multicolor labeling method stains neurons brightly enough to reveal the thin connections between individual cells.

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Optogenetic mice activity
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Study recasts cerebellum as key player in social reward

by  /  17 January 2019

The cerebellum, a brain region primarily associated with movement, may mediate the pleasure that comes from socializing.

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Communication in brain may be remarkably constant in autism

by  /  14 January 2019

Patterns of brain activity in people with autism may be unusually consistent over seconds — and even years.

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