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Missing one copy of a stretch of chromosome 16 leads to an enlarged brain; an extra copy of the region has the opposite effect1. The consistency of this finding suggests that genetics drives the observed effects. “The mutation is doing its thing [with regard to head size] regardless of environment o…
4 hours ago · From Spectrum News
Children with autism often have trouble understanding others’ thoughts, and some may compensate for this by creating scripts and using other learned strategies to navigate social situations. But that compensation comes at a cost: The children who engage in it become unusually anxious, a new study su…
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Researchers in genetics and neuroscience are starting to embrace a new form of scientific communication: the preprint. Preprints are manuscripts that are posted online prior to being published in a journal. Gene jockey Racing to connect genetics and neuroscience. Unlike traditional manuscripts, a p…
2 days ago · From Spectrum News
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A widely used test for autism misses some children with delays in motor, social and communication skills — suggesting that improvements to this test and others may help clinicians pick up on these signs. The findings appear today in Pediatrics1. The test, called the Modified Checklist for Autism in …
3 days ago · From Spectrum News
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6 days ago · From Spectrum News
Using two existing techniques, researchers have traced the routes of hundreds of individual neurons in the visual regions of the mouse brain1. The resulting map shows how information flows in the brain. It could help researchers pinpoint alterations in neuronal networks in mouse models of conditions…
6 days ago · From Spectrum News
A new patent on variants in an autism gene is unlikely to hold up in court, some experts say, but may still hamper research. In December, LabCorp, a healthcare diagnostics company in Burlington, North Carolina, received a patent that appears to cover any test that can identify three variants in the …
7 days ago · From Spectrum News
A new finding challenges the long-held assumption that fragile X syndrome, a condition related to autism, stems from an overproduction of proteins in neurons. Many people with fragile X syndrome have average rates of protein production, the study suggests1. Fragile X syndrome is characterized by int…
8 days ago · From Spectrum News