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May 2021
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Family approach yields new autism-linked genes

by  /  21 May 2021

About one-third of the HNRNP gene family’s 33 members may be associated with neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.

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Null and Noteworthy: Pregnancy factors, household language, toddler tests

by  /  20 May 2021

In this edition of Null and Noteworthy, researchers rebut a controversial epidural study, test out autism assessments in toddlers and give the okay for multilingualism in autistic children.

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Brain structures grow differently in boys, men with autism

by  /  19 May 2021

Autistic boys and men show notable differences in brain development, according to magnetic resonance imaging scans taken over a 16-year period.

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Autism mutation may cause big brain via ‘don’t eat me’ signals

by  /  17 May 2021

An autism-linked mutation could make the brain grow unusually large by prompting cells to express a chemical signal better known for its connection to cancer.

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Community Newsletter: Predictive parenting, cognition and anxiety, autistic strengths

by  /  16 May 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we’re looking at studies on a new parent-mediated intervention, how autistic people’s cognition affects their anxiety, and our special report on autistic strengths.

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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Autistic boys and men are less attuned to social stimuli than autistic girls and women are, according to new unpublished work.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 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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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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Childhood autism traits linked to hypomania in adolescence

by  /  10 May 2021

Children with autism traits tend to show agitation, excitability, decreased sleep and other mild signs of mania in adolescence; the association is higher in identical twins than fraternal twins, suggesting that genetics plays a role.

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Community Newsletter: INSAR 2021 edition

by  /  9 May 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we’ve got a recap on what the autism research community was talking about during the 2021 International Society for Autism Research annual meeting.

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