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Tag: MRI

September 2017
The thickness of the corpus callosum tends to differ in people with a deletion (right) or duplication (left) of the chromosomal region 16p11.2.

Distinct changes mark brains of people with mutations tied to autism

by  /  27 September 2017

Deletion of 16p11.2, a chromosomal region linked to autism, leads to the enlargement of certain brain structures, whereas duplication of the same region leads to structures that are unusually small.

A brain scan showing an abnormally small amygdala

Anxiety may alter processing of emotions in people with autism

by  /  6 September 2017

A brain region that processes emotions tends to be smaller in children who have both autism and anxiety than in those who have autism alone.

Portrait of Eric Courchesne outside

Eric Courchesne: Reaching for the rings in autism research

by  /  4 September 2017

Eric Courchesne is known for his findings on brain size in autism. But the roots of his long career trace back to his own childhood disability.

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Image of brains showing The crests of the brain’s outer shell are more curved in people with autism (top) than in controls (bottom)

Computer tool maps ridges on brain’s bumpy surface

by  /  1 September 2017

New software charts the crests of the folds that define the brain’s surface in people with autism.

August 2017
Scans of fetal brains.

Brain imaging studies seek signs of autism before birth

by  /  17 August 2017

Researchers are pushing the limits of brain imaging, looking at fetal brains for the earliest signs of autism.

Week of AugustAug

Off-key outcomes; visualizing variants; urine indifference and more

by  /  11 August 2017

Music therapy proves ineffective for autism, brain structures differ with 16p11.2 duplications and deletions, and mice missing NLGN3 may influence the sociability of their littermates.

Week of JulyJul

Autism unsurprised; diagnostic camouflage; Neanderthal legacy and more

by  /  4 August 2017

People with autism aren’t easily surprised, the social camouflage some girls and women with autism use may preclude diagnosis, and autism-related genes are rooted deep in human ancestry.

June 2017

Mutant monkeys mimic features of autism, Rett syndrome

by  /  19 June 2017

Monkeys with a mutation in the Rett syndrome gene, MeCP2, have social difficulties and repetitive behaviors.

Week of JuneJun

Fever finding; neuronal cookbookery; CRISPR’d unicorns; mining 23andMe

by  /  16 June 2017

The evidence linking autism and maternal infections grows, special neuron recipes are in development, a CRISPR pioneer envisions unicorns, and 23andMe delivers empathy data.

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Brain scans may forecast autism in high-risk infants

by  /  7 June 2017

Patterns of brain activity in 6-month-old babies accurately predict which children will be diagnosed with autism at age 2.