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The Brain

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

November 2018
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Distinct brain pathway underlies ecstasy’s social effects

by  /  5 November 2018

The drug popularly known as ecstasy may boost sociability through brain circuits distinct from that underlying its ‘high.’

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New tool models source of signals in brain imaging techniques

by  /  5 November 2018

New open-source software helps scientists pinpoint where electrical signals are produced in the brain.

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Postmortem brain study hints at cell types involved in autism

by  /  5 November 2018

An unprecedented look at gene expression in tens of thousands of brain cells from autistic people suggests important roles in the condition for a neuronal subtype and for microglia.

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New mouse model shows brain effects of autism gene

by  /  4 November 2018

Mice lacking one copy of a gene linked to autism are small and show striking changes in the number and quality of their cries.

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Brain’s immune cells may underlie autism risk from maternal infection

by  /  4 November 2018

A pregnant mouse’s response to infection alters the immune cells in her pups’ brains, and this may contribute to their autism-like behaviors.

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Sensory issues in autism may have sex-specific roots

by  /  4 November 2018

Girls and boys with autism show different patterns of brain activity in response to sensory stimuli.

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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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