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The Brain

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

October 2019
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Sound sensitivity may hinder autistic people’s ability to communicate

by  /  23 October 2019

People with autism process the pitch and emotional tone in speech differently than their neurotypical peers — which may make it harder for them to pick up on nuances of social communication.

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Erasable sensor of brain activity could reveal roots of social behavior

by  /  23 October 2019

Researchers unveiled a reversible new technique for labeling active neurons in freely moving animals.

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Fever’s immune effect on brain may ease autism traits

by  /  23 October 2019

An immune molecule produced during a fever improves sociability in three mouse models of autism.

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Gene editing rids mice of DNA segment linked to autism

by  /  23 October 2019

Researchers have used a new gene-editing technique to delete a segment of DNA associated with autism and schizophrenia from mouse brain cells.

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Spheres of brain cells may offer crystal ball for autism’s origins

by  /  22 October 2019

Researchers have monitored the active genome in brain organoids over the course of nearly two years — and may find clues to autism’s roots.

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Brain’s sensory relay station may play unexpected role in autism

by  /  22 October 2019

Neurons in a brain region called the thalamus may regulate social behavior and play a key role in autism.

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Decades-old collection of monkey brain tissue goes virtual

by  /  22 October 2019

A new free online library contains a vast assortment of digitized macaque brain slides.

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Cesarean sections may leave young brains vulnerable to injury

by  /  22 October 2019

Delivery by cesarean section leads to subtle brain and behavioral alterations in mice, particularly those delivered prematurely.

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Enlarged amygdala may forecast anxiety, depression in autistic children

by  /  22 October 2019

A tiny chunk of the brain’s emotion enter, the amygdala, is enlarged in some autistic children; the larger this piece, the more anxious and depressed the child is likely to be.

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Rett syndrome’s link to autism, explained

by  /  21 October 2019

Studies of Rett syndrome hint at genes, cells and brain circuits that may be involved in autism — and may pave the way to treatments for both conditions.

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