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March 2021
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Community newsletter: Theory of mind, using historical control data for animal research

by  /  7 March 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we discuss the pathways theory of mind activates and a statistical tool to use fewer control animals.

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Brain activity jump-starts autism-linked genes in human neurons

by  /  5 March 2021

Some neurons activate autism-linked genes when they fire, according to a new study.

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Broken protein bridge linked to Rett syndrome traits

by  /  1 March 2021

Altering a protein linked to Rett syndrome so that it cannot bind to a methylation tag in neurons results in Rett-like traits in mice.

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February 2021
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Community newsletter: Camouflaging, phenotypes, autistic people in academia

by  /  28 February 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we cover another camouflaging paper and discuss why phenotypes are important in genetics work.

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Proteins linked to top autism gene might aid early diagnosis

by  /  26 February 2021

Blood levels of PTEN protein and associated molecules could eventually help diagnose autism and other neurological conditions — and predict their outcomes.

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Emotional challenges predict hospital stays in autistic children

by  /  24 February 2021

Autistic children who have difficulty managing their emotions are also likely to take medication and need assistance from emergency responders.

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Differing gene functions across species may pose problems for autism models

by  /  22 February 2021

Misaligned gene expression maps suggest that some autism-linked genes play distinct roles in mouse and human brains.

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Community newsletter: Anorexia services for autistic women, camouflaging and mental health, INSAR goes virtual again

by  /  21 February 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we discuss a paper that looked at what autistic women with eating disorders say about services offered to them.

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Autism gene interference silences song memory in birds

by  /  19 February 2021

Muffling expression of an autism-linked gene in a key song-related area of the brain renders young zebra finches unable to learn songs from older birds.

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Changes to mitochondrial DNA spur autism-like traits in mice

by  /  17 February 2021

Mice with a mutation in their mitochondrial DNA show altered brain activity, repetitive behaviors and reduced sociability, according to a new study.

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