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International Society for Autism Research 2021 Virtual

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Autism-linked protein screen reveals hundreds of new interactions

by  /  14 May 2021
Researchers have uncovered more than 1,200 new protein-protein interactions involving proteins coded for by autism-linked genes.
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Two women making eye contact while talking with each other.

Social attention shows sex difference in autism

by  /  14 May 2021
Autistic boys and men are less attuned to social stimuli than autistic girls and women are, according to new unpublished work.
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Visual stimulus of 4 circles with black and white stripes.

Visual task flags autistic people who respond to GABA agonists

by  /  14 May 2021
The investigational drug arbaclofen makes autistic people's brains respond to a visual task more like non-autistic people's brains do.
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Neurons in red and green
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‘Neurons on a chip’ reveal patterns across autism-linked conditions

by  /  7 May 2021

Activity patterns of neuronal networks link different genetic subtypes of autism that have similar traits, according to new unpublished research.

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Fetal brain scans may forecast autism traits in toddlers

by  /  7 May 2021

Children with highly folded and curved brains in utero tend to show autism-linked behaviors at 18 months of age, according to a longitudinal brain-imaging study.

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Genes tied to autism, developmental delay, schizophrenia share functions

by  /  7 May 2021

Many genes linked to autism, schizophrenia and neurodevelopmental delay regulate gene expression and support communication between neurons.

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Child's hands playing on a white table with blue sand.
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Methodological issues plague studies of early autism interventions

by  /  6 May 2021

Multiple types of bias and an overreliance on caregiver reports have clouded research on the effectiveness of early interventions for autism for nearly three decades.

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Baby in mother's lap watching her mouth move as she talks.
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Infant siblings of autistic children miss language-learning clues

by  /  6 May 2021

So-called ‘baby sibs’ watch adults’ faces just as much as children without autistic siblings do, but they don’t understand spoken language as well.

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Computer screenshot showing bands of colour resulting from sequenced DNA.
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Largest autism genetics analysis to date uncovers more high-confidence candidates

by  /  6 May 2021

The largest-yet study of genetic data from autistic people has identified 255 genes associated with the condition.

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Woman talks to child in EEG cap
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Brain’s response to faces foretells social development in autistic people

by  /  6 May 2021

A delayed brain response to viewing faces may predict lags in social-skill development in autistic people.

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Brown rat mother and pup in rustic setting with burlap and wheat.
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Maternal antibodies tied to autism bind to budding rat neurons

by  /  6 May 2021

Certain antibodies may shape neurodevelopment by attaching to and invading new neurons in the brain.

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Autism-related conditions linked to altered visual perception

by  /  5 May 2021

A test of binocular rivalry may distinguish between autism subtypes and help researchers screen the efficacy of certain drugs.

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Chart compiling the deletions and duplications linked to various neurodevelopmental traits.
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Massive analysis scores genes’ sensitivity to mutations

by  /  5 May 2021

Researchers have rated more than 17,000 genes, including many linked to autism and other neuropsychiatric conditions, according to their sensitivity to deletions and duplications.

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