The pattern of high-pitched calls a mouse makes may reflect how, and how much, it is interacting with other mice. The pattern holds for typical mice as well as for two mouse models of autism.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Mice lacking one copy of a gene linked to autism are small and show striking changes in the number and quality of their cries.
Rats with a mutation in CACNA1C, a gene linked to autism, make fewer happy squeaks while playing than controls do, and ignore other rats’ requests to play.
A single gene, OTUD7A, may account for most of the features seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 15 known as 15q13.3.
Many researchers question the value of three early mouse models of autism, but the models have their staunch supporters.
Male rats missing an autism candidate gene called SHANK3 spend less time sniffing, nuzzling and chasing their peers than controls do.
Nonverbal children with autism don't show the typical wave of brain activity involved in linking objects with their names.
A test designed to capture the dynamic back-and-forth of conversation suggests the existence of a new language area in the brain.