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November 2014

Songs, squeaks combine to tell story about human language

by  /  17 November 2014

Birdsong is a valuable tool for studying language, and mice are the models of choice for genetic manipulation of behavior. Together, birds and mice can yield unparalleled insights into human language, suggests unpublished research presented yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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October 2014

Word grasp at 12 months may reflect autism symptoms

by  /  24 October 2014

Children later diagnosed with autism understand different types of words at 12 months of age than their typically developing peers, according to unpublished research presented Tuesday at the Autism Consortium Research Symposium in Boston.

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September 2014
Mouse lab test: the three chambered assay

Optimizing behavioral assays for mouse models of autism

by  /  23 September 2014

As the number of autism rodent models climbs, it is a good time for the field to step back and consider the best practices for assessing autism-like symptoms in rodents, says Jacqueline Crawley.

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April 2014

What the FOX says: Genes that bridge autism, language

by ,  /  29 April 2014

To understand the role of FOXP2, a gene that links autism and language, researchers should look at its partner genes and at language models such as songbirds, say Genevieve Konopka and Todd Roberts.  

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Even ‘baby sibs’ without autism show delays in first year

by  /  10 April 2014

Among the younger siblings of children with autism who do not have the disorder themselves, more than one-quarter show developmental delays at their first birthday, according to a study published in April.

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March 2014

Come-hither rat cry could measure social interest

by  /  5 March 2014

When navigating a maze, rats move toward happy rodent sounds and away from those signaling alarm, according to a review published 4 February in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods. The method could be used to assay social behavior in rodent models of autism.

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February 2014

Babbling delay may be early marker of autism

by  /  18 February 2014

Babies later diagnosed with autism are slow to start babbling and do less of it once they get started than controls do, reports a study published 31 January in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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January 2014

Molecular mechanisms: FOXP2 leads to new autism gene

by  /  24 January 2014

FOXP2, a language gene that is linked to autism, may regulate active connections between neurons by controlling the levels of a protein called SRPX2, according to a study published 22 November in Science.

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December 2013

‘Friendly’ bacteria treat autism-like symptoms in mice

by  /  5 December 2013

A strain of bacteria that lives in some people’s guts alleviates obsessive behaviors, anxiety and other symptoms in mice that model autism, researchers report today in Cell. The finding supports the intriguing link between the gut, brain and behavior.

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November 2013

Guinea pigs enter rat race for autism models

by  /  13 November 2013

Guinea pigs have advantages over other rodent species commonly used to model disorders such as autism, according to preliminary research published Tuesday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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