Blocking connections between the amygdala and hypothalamus prevents mice from finding social interactions as rewarding as they would otherwise.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Mice missing a copy of the autism-linked gene PTEN show a reduced preference for social interaction, possibly due to atypically large, overconnected dopamine neurons. Easing the overconnection may alleviate this trait.
Novel sensors enable researchers to monitor the activity of two signaling chemicals in the brains of living fruit flies and mice.
In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guaranteed an experimental autism drug a speedy review for approval, but some scientists are skeptical of the drug’s potential.
Male mice with a genetic variant tied to autism may have learning difficulties that females with the variant do not.
Having too many copies of an autism gene called UBE3A mutes a brain region that may mediate the satisfaction a person derives from social interactions.
A brain circuit that wires lone mice to seek out social contact may offer clues about autism.