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The Brain

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

October 2019
News

Transplanted neurons rescue social behavior but not brain circuits

by  /  20 October 2019

Injecting cells called interneurons into the brains of a mouse model of autism restores typical social behavior. But the reason for this effect is a puzzle.

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Looking directly in the eyes engages region of the social brain

by  /  20 October 2019

The social brain has a sweet spot that activates when people look each other in the eyes but not when they look at eyes in a video.

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Algorithm may help identify subgroups of autism

by  /  20 October 2019

A new algorithm accurately separates highly similar people into subgroups based on their brain activity — and could do the same for autistic people.

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Skew in neuron numbers may explain sensory sensitivity in autism

by  /  20 October 2019

Loss of certain neurons on one side of the brain may explain why some autistic people are hypersensitive to touch.

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Traits of autism, attention deficit linked to small brainstem

by  /  20 October 2019

The severity of autism tracks closely with that of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Cerebellum brain cells, light micrograph.
Opinion / Q&A

U.S. initiative grapples with ethical questions on brain research

by  /  19 October 2019

Khara Ramos explains how the Brain Initiative incorporates the emerging field of ‘neuroethics’ into the research it funds.

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Signaling imbalance in mutant mice supports key autism theory

by  /  19 October 2019

Mice missing a copy of CHD8, a top autism gene, show a signaling imbalance in their brains — a finding in line with a popular hypothesis about autism’s origins.

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Brain ‘organoids’ point to new drug target for fragile X syndrome

by  /  18 October 2019

New findings hint at why drugs that work in mouse models of fragile X syndrome have not been effective in people.

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black and blue striped dress on pregnant woman shows DNA helix
Opinion / Q&A

Rare access to fetal tissue yields valuable insights into autism

by  /  15 October 2019

Molecular biologist Jonathan Mill is probing gene expression’s role in autism in uncharted territory — the fetal human brain.

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News / Toolbox

Songbirds speak volumes about language learning, autism

by  /  11 October 2019

A new study supports the view that songbirds offer a good model to study speech learning in autistic children.

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