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September 2021
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Community Newsletter: Spectrum survey on 2021 conferences, Bayesian precision, paper review feedback

by  /  19 September 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we serve up a survey on conference attendance over the next few months, a paper on the Bayesian brain’s relationship to precision and a tweet about constructive peer reviews.

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Severe infection may raise odds of autism in some children

by  /  17 September 2021

Mock viral infections impair social memory in mice with a mutation tied to autism, and autistic boys are more likely than their non-autistic peers to have had serious infections early in life.

Week of SeptemberSep

Spotted around the web: Shifting sex ratio, autism drugs, neuroscience research inequality

by , ,  /  17 September 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 13 September.

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Spectrum survey: Attending scientific conferences and meetings

by  /  16 September 2021

Help Spectrum report on the pandemic’s effect on conference plans by participating in a brief survey.

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Mutations linked to autism may be detectable in men’s sperm

by  /  16 September 2021

An advanced DNA-sequencing technique has identified gene-damaging mutations, some with ties to autism, in about 1 in 15 men.

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By the Numbers: Machine learning, dementia link, antipsychotics while pregnant

by ,  /  16 September 2021

In this edition of By the Numbers, we discuss machine learning for autism, early-onset dementia, and antipsychotic medicines during pregnancy.

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X chromosome exerts extra influence on brain development

by  /  15 September 2021

The X chromosome holds stronger-than-expected genetic sway over the structure of several brain regions. The genes that may underlie this oversized influence have ties to autism.

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Autism research continues to stress basic science over improving interventions

by  /  14 September 2021

For 40 years, the preponderance of autism research has focused on understanding the causes and characteristics of the condition rather than testing assessments or interventions in community settings.

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Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Ethan Scott

by  /  13 September 2021

Ethan Scott packs his lab with math, physics and computer science experts to decode sensory brain networks in zebrafish models of autism.

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Community Newsletter: “Autism Voices” and the developing cortex

by  /  12 September 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a new tool for interviewing young autistic people with verbal or intellectual challenges and the response to a new resource that maps autism mutations.