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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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Inflammation in womb may spawn autism-like traits in males

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Chronic exposure to inflammation in the womb alters autism gene expression and disrupts social behavior in male mice, but not females.

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Neurons glow green in mice brain.
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Loss of autism gene alters landscape of inhibitory brain signals

by  /  6 November 2018

Mice lacking one copy of a leading autism gene have hyperexcitable brains and problems with learning and memory.

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Brain waves of autistic children show delay in language learning

by  /  6 November 2018

Babies eventually diagnosed with autism learn to detect speech sounds later than their typical peers do.

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Three dimensional rendering of the human brain with yellow area showing a change in folding patterns.
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Language differences underlie distinct subgroups in autism

by  /  6 November 2018

Brain activity governing language can distinguish children with autism into distinct subgroups.

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Clusters of human cells take root in rat brains

by  /  6 November 2018

Balls of human neurons transplanted into a rat brain receive blood supply and connect with neural circuits.

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Sound strategy enables precise control of brain circuits

by  /  6 November 2018

Applying sound waves to a mouse’s brain provides a safe way to push molecular probes into the brain to manipulate activity there.

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Structural brain scans from mice models.
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Brain scans from dozens of mice may reveal autism subtypes

by  /  5 November 2018

Analyzing large numbers of autism mice, researchers have found that the mice cluster into subtypes based on brain structure and functional connectivity.

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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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