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The Brain

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

August 2019
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Brain organoids show realistic neuronal firing rhythms

by  /  29 August 2019

Brain organoids made from typical human stem cells begin to show synchronized neuronal firing patterns after growing in a dish for at least four months.

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Mice reveal how top autism gene may disrupt brain structure

by  /  26 August 2019

Mutations in an autism gene called ANK2 may alter brain wiring by causing the growth of excess neuronal connections.

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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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