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The Brain

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

July 2019
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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Synapses in brain organoids
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Database, lab tricks may crack secrets of the synapse

by  /  19 July 2019

Two new resources may aid the study of synapses, the junctions between neurons.

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Interactive atlas reveals zebrafish brain circuits in 3D

by  /  12 July 2019

A new online tool maps the shape and location of neurons in the larval zebrafish brain.

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Family groups, researchers join forces to solve mysteries of autism gene

by  /  10 July 2019

Families of children with mutations in a gene called SYNGAP1 have spurred research into the effects of the mutations on people — and how to treat them.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How the social hormone vasopressin might help autistic people

by  /  9 July 2019

A drug that mimics the hormone vasopressin improves social skills in autistic people — but so does one that blocks vasopressin’s effects. How can seemingly opposing manipulations produce similar results?

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Opinion / Cross Talk

Can we ‘see’ autism in the brain?

2 July 2019

We asked five autism researchers to weigh in on whether there is a unique brain signature for autism and, if so, how to identify it.

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June 2019
Two organoids connected by nerve fibers
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In new device, brain organoids ‘talk’ to each other

by  /  14 June 2019

A novel cell culture device enables researchers to grow bundles of nerve fibers from stem cells, mimicking the tissue that connects distant parts of the brain.

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Mouse neurons in a grid show differences
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Autism mutation may disrupt brain structure by disabling mitochondria

by  /  13 June 2019

Mice that lack a segment of chromosome 22 — a mutation associated with autism — have unusually sparse connections between brain regions.

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May 2019
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‘Zombie’ pig brains fire hours after death

by  /  31 May 2019

A new method restores blood flow and some functions in pig brains four hours after the animals have died.

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Gut microbes from autistic children may alter behavior in mice

by  /  30 May 2019

Mice colonized with gut microbes from some autistic boys show behaviors like those of the boys.

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