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The Brain

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

January 2019
a series of brain images
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New brain maps hint at cerebellum’s role in cognition, language

by  /  25 January 2019

A new analysis of brain scans highlights variations in the cerebellum, a brain area implicated in autism.

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Bright labeling shows neurons.
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Imaging technique paints neuronal fibers in dazzling colors

by  /  18 January 2019

A multicolor labeling method stains neurons brightly enough to reveal the thin connections between individual cells.

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Optogenetic mice activity
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Study recasts cerebellum as key player in social reward

by  /  17 January 2019

The cerebellum, a brain region primarily associated with movement, may mediate the pleasure that comes from socializing.

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Images of the human brain
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Communication in brain may be remarkably constant in autism

by  /  14 January 2019

Patterns of brain activity in people with autism may be unusually consistent over seconds — and even years.

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Method unravels Rett mutation’s effects on specific brain cells

by  /  11 January 2019

A new technique may reveal how mutations on the X chromosome alter various types of cells in the brain.

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Invisible man? Move over for invisible mouse

by  /  11 January 2019

A combination of chemical cocktails has created mice that are — yes — virtually invisible. And new imaging technology reveals the mice’s underlying nerves and lymphatic system in unprecedented detail.

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Autistic children’s language skills stay stable relative to peers

by  /  10 January 2019

Toddlers with strong language skills continue to outperform their peers as they grow up, whereas those with poor skills lag tend to lag behind.

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Portrait of Damien Fair at OSHU
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Rising Star: Damien Fair, never at rest

by  /  9 January 2019

Damien Fair has a knack for transforming obstacles into opportunities, a trait that has brought trailblazing discoveries and admiration from colleagues.

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New method exposes structures inside ‘rainbow’ of brain cells

by  /  4 January 2019

Molecules from alpacas may enable scientists to identify cell types in the brain while also revealing their interior structures.

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December 2018
DNA helix shows blue spots as mutations.
Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Five hot topics in autism research in 2018

21 December 2018

This year, researchers made big headway on autism’s most perplexing questions.

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