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December 2017

Five hot topics in autism research in 2017

22 December 2017

We waded through the sea of autism studies published in 2017 and spotted several themes.

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Week of DecemberDec
11th
2017

Regression review; gendered association; model tribute and more

by  /  15 December 2017

A sweeping analysis covers evidence of regression in autism, gender dysphoria is linked to autism features, and animal models of autism receive full treatment in a special tribute.

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November 2017
monkeys hugging

Social hormones alter monkey behavior in sex-specific ways

by  /  15 November 2017

The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin promote social interactions in male monkeys but make female monkeys more aggressive than usual.

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family of monkeys

Social development remarkably similar in monkeys, people

by  /  15 November 2017

Eye-tracking studies cement monkeys’ promise for studying autism and related conditions.

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monkey portrait

Scientists move closer to gene therapy for Rett syndrome

by  /  14 November 2017

A virus that delivers a working copy of the Rett syndrome gene to the brain improves features of the condition in mice, and appears to be safe in monkeys.

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Stimulating inhibitory neurons in a visual brain region prevents monkeys from focusing on a line on a computer screen.

Light-based method controls inhibitory neurons in macaques

by  /  12 November 2017

Researchers have used light to manipulate neurons that dampen brain activity in rhesus macaques.

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October 2017
Week of OctoberOct
23rd
2017

Wi-Fi flap; obsessive-compulsive link; brain catalog and more

by  /  27 October 2017

Two researchers balk at talk that Wi-Fi and autism are linked, changes in an autism risk gene are tied to obsessive-compulsive traits in three species, and scientists plan to conduct a census of all of the brain’s cell types.

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Julio Resto, lead caretaker on Cayo Santiago, dumps a bag of monkey chow. The storm leveled feeding corrals on the island.

Researchers rally to save monkeys on hurricane-ravaged island

by  /  5 October 2017

Hurricane Maria pummeled Cayo Santiago, home to more than 1,500 rhesus macaques, including some used for autism research.

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September 2017
Macaque monkey in the wild

Monkey model reveals new role for top autism gene

by  /  11 September 2017

Monkeys missing the gene SHANK3 have too few neurons in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region involved in planning and social behavior.

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Week of SeptemberSep
4th
2017

Face learning; mosaic inheritance; nosy scientists and more

by  /  8 September 2017

A monkey study suggests facial recognition is not innate, a puzzle piece symbol carries negative connotations, and scientists are using a federal law to snoop on colleagues.

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