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Altering a protein linked to Rett syndrome so that it cannot bind to a particular type of DNA tag results in traits reminiscent of the syndrome, according to a new study in mice. The findings could help explain the syndrome’s delayed onset in people: Because the tag does not arise until after birth,…
7 hours ago · From Spectrum News
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Blood levels of proteins associated with the autism-linked gene PTEN could influence the course of the condition, according to a new study. Tests measuring these molecules could also help clinicians diagnose autism and other neurological conditions, and chart their trajectories, the researchers say.…
3 days ago · From Spectrum News
A new machine-learning tool detects eye contact during recorded face-to-face interactions as accurately as expert observers can. The tool could help researchers and clinicians measure eye contact efficiently and objectively. Eye contact is key to social interactions, and a tendency to avoid it can b…
4 days ago · From Spectrum News
Autistic children are more likely than their non-autistic peers to have trouble controlling their emotions, according to a study published in December in Autism Research. The difference is most pronounced among autistic children admitted to a psychiatric hospital. But even among those not currently …
5 days ago · From Spectrum News
A controversial take on cell biology has gained momentum over the past decade: It’s the idea that one of the fundamental ways cells organize their contents is via tiny droplets that form like oil in water. These droplets, called biomolecular condensates, corral proteins and other molecules into smal…
6 days ago · From Spectrum News
Some autism-linked genes, such as SHANK3 and SCN2A, may have different functions in mice and humans, according to a new study. The research identifies evolutionary changes in which genes are expressed together in the brain and raises new concerns about the limits of model organisms for studying neur…
7 days ago · From Spectrum News
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8 days ago · From Spectrum News
The post Spotted around the web: Sound sensitivity, misunderstanding autism, gut-brain connection appeared first on Spectrum | Autism Research News. Source: Spectrum News
10 days ago · From Spectrum News