Over the past century, scientists have used a variety of animal models to advance their understanding of the developing brain and autism.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
In the past two decades, some autism researchers have turned to simple animals, such as roundworms, fruit flies and zebrafish, for their investigations. Others have sought answers from experiments with frogs, birds and even octopuses.
Researchers are increasingly turning to simple animals to learn about autism biology and find leads for new drugs.
Fruit flies with low expression of a gene linked to neurodevelopment have disrupted sleep, poor memory and altered social behavior.
A new wiring diagram of the fruit fly brain is the most complex ever created.
Researchers unveiled a reversible new technique for labeling active neurons in freely moving animals.
The absence of several interacting genes may underlie the developmental problems seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 16.
Watch the replay of Claudia Bagni’s webinar, in which she described molecular pathways that are impaired in fragile X syndrome, autism and schizophrenia. She also discussed mouse and fly models, as well as human cells.