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

August 2019
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Visual task may offer brain marker for autism

by  /  19 August 2019

People with autism may show an altered pattern of brain activity when looking at two competing images.

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Levels of brain chemicals may reflect severity of autism traits

by  /  19 August 2019

The levels of four chemicals in the brain may distinguish autism and vary with its severity, according to a new study.

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Mouse squeaks may be poor analog for human speech

by  /  16 August 2019

The brain areas involved in mice’s ultrasonic vocalizations may not be the same as those that govern human speech.

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What matters for protein linked to autism? Location, location, location

by  /  14 August 2019

One form of the protein implicated in Angelman syndrome and autism clusters in the nucleus, and it’s this form that may be critical to brain development.

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Portrait of scientist Alysson Muotri
News / Profiles

Autism researcher Alysson Muotri’s audacious plans for brain organoids

by  /  12 August 2019

Alysson Muotri aims to build a ‘thinking’ brain as a model for autism — even if his colleagues consider that work controversial.

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Online platform offers one-stop shop for studying brain circuits

by  /  2 August 2019

A browser-based platform simulates functional neuronal circuits in the brain regions of several species.

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July 2019
Machine accepts chaotic data flow and puts it back out in an organized flow from the other side
Features / Deep Dive

Un ordinateur peut-il diagnostiquer l’autisme?

by  /  30 July 2019

L’apprentissage automatique (machine learning) présente une possibilité pour aider les cliniciens à repérer l'autisme plus tôt, mais des obstacles techniques et éthiques demeurent.

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Sensory overload in autism may stem from hypervigilant brain

by  /  29 July 2019

The brains of some autistic children may not adapt to repeated touch or sound, even after several minutes.

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New recipe yields set of strikingly similar brain organoids

by  /  26 July 2019

A new method enables scientists to grow organoids that reliably reproduce the diversity of cells at the brain’s surface.

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Orange patterns are created from chemical tags in brain tissue from people with autism.
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Different forms of autism may share pattern of chemical tags on DNA

by  /  22 July 2019

Brain tissues from people with autism of unknown cause and from people with either of two genetic forms of the condition all show similar patterns of methyl groups on DNA.

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