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The Brain

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

July 2019
News

Family groups, researchers join forces to solve mysteries of autism gene

by  /  10 July 2019

Families of children with mutations in a gene called SYNGAP1 have spurred research into the effects of the mutations on people — and how to treat them.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How the social hormone vasopressin might help autistic people

by  /  9 July 2019

A drug that mimics the hormone vasopressin improves social skills in autistic people — but so does one that blocks vasopressin’s effects. How can seemingly opposing manipulations produce similar results?

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Opinion / Cross Talk

Can we ‘see’ autism in the brain?

2 July 2019

We asked five autism researchers to weigh in on whether there is a unique brain signature for autism and, if so, how to identify it.

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June 2019
Two organoids connected by nerve fibers
News / Toolbox

In new device, brain organoids ‘talk’ to each other

by  /  14 June 2019

A novel cell culture device enables researchers to grow bundles of nerve fibers from stem cells, mimicking the tissue that connects distant parts of the brain.

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Mouse neurons in a grid show differences
News

Autism mutation may disrupt brain structure by disabling mitochondria

by  /  13 June 2019

Mice that lack a segment of chromosome 22 — a mutation associated with autism — have unusually sparse connections between brain regions.

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May 2019
News / Toolbox

‘Zombie’ pig brains fire hours after death

by  /  31 May 2019

A new method restores blood flow and some functions in pig brains four hours after the animals have died.

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News

Gut microbes from autistic children may alter behavior in mice

by  /  30 May 2019

Mice colonized with gut microbes from some autistic boys show behaviors like those of the boys.

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Hands touching, showing nerves highlighted in different parts of the hand
Features / Deep Dive

How ‘social touch’ shapes autism traits

by  /  29 May 2019

Autistic people have unusual responses to ‘affective touch,’ which conveys social and emotional information. Their responses may reveal how autism begins.

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Mouse hippocampus view
News / Toolbox

New method yields maps of gene expression in multiple dimensions

by  /  24 May 2019

An array of minute beads enables researchers to build precise maps of gene expression in the brain.

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Neurons firing and lighting up
Opinion

Single-cell analysis suggests brain signaling problems in autism

by ,  /  22 May 2019

Recent advances in technology allow researchers to measure RNA that is contained within the nucleus of a single brain cell.

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