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June 2021
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Community Newsletter: Missing CUL3 in mice, implementation science, a poetic protocol

by  /  6 June 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we discuss mice with one functioning copy of CUL3, implementation science, quality control in biomedical research and a rhyming research method.

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After 60 years, scientists are still trying to crack a mysterious serotonin-autism link

by  /  4 June 2021

The high levels of serotonin seen in the blood of some autistic people have confounded scientists for more than half a century. Despite so little progress, some researchers refuse to give up.

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Deleting rare autism gene leads to physical, social differences in mice

by  /  3 June 2021

Loss of the gene KMT5B stunts growth in male mice and leads to social difficulties in female mice, a new study suggests.


Brain activity patterns may distinguish girls with autism

by  /  2 June 2021

Atypical patterns of neuronal activity and gene expression in the striatum may characterize autism in girls, according to a new study.

May 2021

Autism research funding rises but still falls short of goals

by  /  31 May 2021

Federal funding for autism research increased by $23.2 million from 2016 to 2018, according to the latest report from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.

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Community Newsletter: Gene-by-sex effects, biosecurity laws, participatory research

by  /  30 May 2021

This week’s Twitter stroll turns up papers on autism’s genetic architecture, news affecting the burgeoning gene synthesis industry, and a new festival focused on participatory research.


Stimulant restores cell signaling, eases behavior issues in animals missing autism gene

by  /  28 May 2021

Worms and zebrafish missing both copies of the gene CHD7 have disrupted cellular signaling, a dearth of inhibitory neurons and behavior changes — all of which are reversed by the stimulant drug ephedrine.

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Autism genetics, explained

by  /  28 May 2021

The more scientists dig into DNA, the more intricate its contribution to autism seems to be. Here, we unravel the complex genetics of autism.

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How artificial intelligence is shaking up animal behavior studies in autism

by  /  24 May 2021

Next-generation machine-learning tools are poised to upend how scientists study behavior in animal models of autism — and not everyone is happy about it.

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Community Newsletter: Controversy in stem cell journal, new autism trait inventory

by  /  23 May 2021

This week’s Community Newsletter dives into the contentious stem cell debate and a new way to measure autism traits.