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November 2018
white mouse in a man's hands, closeup.

Mouse, human ‘co-clinical’ trials could speed autism drug discovery

by  /  8 November 2018

A team of researchers is trialing a fast approach to autism drug development: simultaneously testing candidates in people and in mice.

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October 2018

Misfiring visual cells may underlie key sensory problem in fragile X

by  /  17 October 2018

The motion perception difficulties seen in people with fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of autism, may stem from a faulty visual circuit.

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Juan Pablo Quintero, Sara Quintero, Soledad Quintero, Rosario Quintero, Yeison Quintero, pose for a group portrait in Ricaurte, Valle del Cauca, on July 28, 2018.

Unlocking the secrets of fragile X in Colombia

by  /  10 October 2018

A remote Colombian town is home to the world’s largest cluster of people with fragile X syndrome. Scientists are learning from them — and trying to help.

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Illustration of research mice forming the letter 'X'.

Fragile X syndrome’s link to autism, explained

by  /  10 October 2018

Fragile X syndrome is a leading genetic cause of autism. People who have either condition often share certain traits, such as difficulties in social situations.

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September 2018
Artwork shows a flock of birds flying inside the head of a boy.

How a ‘pacemaker’ for the brain could ease autism traits

by  /  4 September 2018

Looking at the brain as a whole suggests that nudging flawed sets of neurons to collaborate better might alleviate autism traits.

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May 2018
Microscopic image of skin cells

Study challenges theory that protein surplus underlies fragile X

by  /  16 May 2018

Many people with fragile X syndrome show average rates of protein production, challenging a long-held assumption about the condition.

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March 2018
two people walking down dirt road in a town in colubmia

‘Founder effect’ may have fueled fragile X cluster in Colombian town

by  /  19 March 2018

A semirural Colombian town called Ricaurte is home to the largest recorded genetic cluster of people with mutations linked to fragile X syndrome.

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November 2017
magnetic stimulation of human brain

Magnetic stimulation bares imbalance of activity in fragile X brains

by  /  14 November 2017

Researchers have used transcranial magnetic stimulation to show that people with fragile X syndrome have weak ‘inhibitory’ signals, those that dampen neuronal activity in the brain.

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Autism may disrupt the body’s circadian clock

by  /  13 November 2017

Sleep problems in autism may stem from the same biological changes that underlie the core features of the condition.

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‘Fragile’ behaviors mar studies of popular autism mouse model

by  /  13 November 2017

Researchers should proceed with caution when studying the behavior of one of the most popular mouse models of autism: the fragile X mouse model.

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