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Advocates, agencies weather COVID-19 without federal autism committee

by  /  16 March 2021

Autism research and advocacy are continuing without input from the U.S. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, but former members say the government needs the committee’s guidance now more than ever.

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How oligodendrocytes may shape autism

by  /  15 March 2021
A growing body of evidence shows that brain cells called oligodendrocytes may play a larger role in autism than previously thought.
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Community newsletter: COVID-19 anniversary, social responsibility of genetics research, autism research feedback

by  /  14 March 2021
In this week’s community newsletter, we delve into the pandemic’s impact on academia, the social implications of genetics research and how to improve studies for autistic participants.
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Tweaking clinic protocols improves autism screening rates

by  /  12 March 2021
Automated electronic notifications can help clinics screen more children for autism, according to a new study.

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Null and Noteworthy: Brain folds, flickering faces, wearable eye trackers

by  /  4 June 2021

Welcome to the Null and Noteworthy newsletter, a roundup of papers that do the vital work of reproducing a previous result or reporting the absence of one.

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Community newsletter: A double dose of ‘double empathy’ studies

by  /  21 March 2021

In this week’s Community newsletter, we’re doubling up on articles that look into the double empathy problem.

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Innate stress response may link maternal infection to autism

by  /  19 March 2021

A typically protective stress response could help to explain the connection between maternal illness and neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Cesarean delivery unlikely to sway child’s likelihood of autism

by  /  17 March 2021

Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions are more common among children born by C-section than those delivered vaginally, but the procedure itself does not underlie the association, according to a new study.

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Colombia lags behind in fragile X syndrome testing, diagnosis

by  /  10 March 2021

People with fragile X syndrome in Colombia are diagnosed at age 27, on average, according to the first study to assess diagnosis in the country. By comparison, the average age of fragile X diagnosis in the United States is younger than 4.

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Year-old organoids echo genetic shifts seen at birth

by  /  8 March 2021

3D cultures of human brain cells kept alive for more than a year undergo transitions in gene activity that resemble those seen in newborns, and may be used to study autism genes in postnatal stages of brain development.

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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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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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