Over the past century, scientists have used a variety of animal models to advance their understanding of the developing brain and autism.
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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.
The same genetic factors may underlie both autism and autistic people’s tendency to have sleep problems, such as insomnia.
Problems with falling and staying asleep are common in autism, and they may be due in part to leaks in the blood-brain barrier, according to a new study in fruit flies.
Young autistic children with sleep troubles tend to have difficulty regulating their behavior later in childhood.
In this edition of Null and Noteworthy, researchers rebut a controversial epidural study, test out autism assessments in toddlers and give the okay for multilingualism in autistic children.
Fruit flies with low expression of a gene linked to neurodevelopment have disrupted sleep, poor memory and altered social behavior.
Children with dup15q syndrome may have telltale patterns of brain activity during sleep and get less non-REM sleep than neurotypical children do.
Mutations in autism-linked genes lead to a variety of changes in brain activity, sensory perception and sleep-wake cycles in zebrafish.