Female rats exposed to the pesticide chlorpyrifos show little interest in social interaction.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Small social monkeys called marmosets are well suited for studies on social behaviors and autism.
Newborn mice missing a copy of the autism candidate gene TBX1 squeak in overly simple sequences when beckoning their mothers.
An infusion of estrogen increases activity in the brains of male zebra finches when they hear their own or others’ songs.
Living with a large cagemate can cause mutant mice to demonstrate autism-like behaviors that researchers may misinterpret as originating from the mutation, according to a study published 15 April in Physiology of Behavior.
A new computer program can quickly and accurately characterize bird songs and mouse squeaks — showing, for example, that mouse pups with an autism-linked mutation call out for their mothers differently than normal mice do.