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May 2021
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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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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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‘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patterns of neuronal networks link different genetic subtypes of autism that have similar traits, according to new unpublished research.

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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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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.

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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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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Woman talks to child in EEG cap

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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Chart compiling the deletions and duplications linked to various neurodevelopmental traits.

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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