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February 2022
Week of FebruaryFeb
7th
2022

Spotted around the web: Interneurons’ birthplace, alexithymia in autism, activating neurons with ultrasound

by  /  11 February 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 7 February.

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Conceptual illustration of female brain versus male brain.

Searching for the biology behind autism’s sex bias

by  /  11 February 2022

The fact that autism seems to affect more boys than girls is often attributed to diagnostic gaps, but the skew remains largely unexplained. Some scientists are turning to basic biology for answers.

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Dr. Kostas Zarbalis standing in front of a window in his office.

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Konstantinos Zarbalis

by  /  10 February 2022

Konstantinos “Kostas” Zarbalis talks about the upside of unexpected experimental results, and why he eats just one meal per day.

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Illustration of hybrid objects: part light bulb, part lab vial, some in blue and some in red to signify null and replicated results

Null and Noteworthy: Autism and aging, anorexia overlaps, pregnancy effects

by  /  10 February 2022

In this edition of Null and Noteworthy, researchers replicate encouraging findings on autism and aging and shoot down a host of potential links between pregnancy complications and having a child with autism.

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Probe captures neuronal conversations in people

by  /  9 February 2022

A modified version of a probe commonly used in animals detected neuronal activity across different cortical layers in three people undergoing brain surgery.

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Real-world data on Rett syndrome: Q&A with Jana von Hehn

by  /  8 February 2022

The Rett Syndrome Global Registry is gathering data from people around the world with the rare condition to support clinical trials.

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Pregnant woman standing in front of open refrigerator at night.

Anorexia before or during pregnancy linked to having a child with autism

by  /  7 February 2022

The connection is likely mediated by environmental, not genetic, factors, according to a new study.

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Speech bubble formed by a network of communication

Community Newsletter: Lessons from lockdowns, screen-time skepticism, protein transport in the brain

by  /  6 February 2022

Pick up threads about how remote learning can benefit autistic students, why a study about screen time deserves scrutiny and how a newly discovered form of cellular communication could yield clues about autism.

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Week of JanuaryJan
31st
2022

Spotted around the web: Oxytocin mice, social memory mechanisms, Autism Drug Trial Tracker update

by  /  4 February 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 31 January.

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Software automatically measures mouse's gait and posture by tracking various points on the mouse's body.

Algorithm spots subtle gait changes in autism mouse models

by  /  4 February 2022

By automatically quantifying gait and posture in videos of mice, a new machine-learning tool could accelerate research on how autism-linked mutations or drug treatments affect motor skills.

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