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

October 2019
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Maternal infection may accelerate expression of autism genes

by  /  21 October 2019

Exposure to infection in utero may speed up the expression of many genes linked to autism — and hasten changes in brain anatomy.

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A new technique helps reveal patterns in the migration of neurons (green) to their destination (red).
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A stop-motion movie of the whole brain, starring new neurons

by  /  21 October 2019

A method that visualizes nascent and migrating neurons in the mouse brain may shed light on brain development in autistic people.

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Neurons in a mouse brain are highlighted green and yellow
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Autism gene’s loss hampers neurons’ trek through developing brain

by  /  21 October 2019

Deleting an autism gene called TRIO derails neurons’ journey to their destination.

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Rodent drinks water in machine-learning experiment
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Algorithms may predict mouse behavior from brain activity

by  /  21 October 2019

Researchers have created a suite of digital tools that break complex mouse behaviors into discrete parts and link them to the animals’ brain activity.

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two young people in conversation
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Computer games could boost social skills in people with autism

by  /  21 October 2019

Playing games designed to hone the ability to intuit others’ thoughts and feelings increases activity in regions of the social brain.

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Mock flu triggers changes in brain, behavior of monkeys

by  /  20 October 2019

Marmosets exposed to a mock infection in the womb have altered vocal development and diminished social interest; exposed macaques show changes in brain structure and function.

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Most people underestimate risk of others’ access to their biological data

by  /  20 October 2019

People in the United States view certain personal information, such as their social security number, as more sensitive than data about their physical or mental well-being.

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Grid of views of mouse brain: 3D and areas mapped in color
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New mouse brain atlas merges two popular maps

by  /  20 October 2019

A new online resource aligns and improves the two most widely used mouse brain atlases.

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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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