To guard against hype, scientists studying oxytocin’s role in autism and its potential as a treatment need to embrace robust theories, rigorous delivery methods and reproducible research practices.
Charting the structure and function of the brain’s many circuits may unravel autism’s mysteries.
3D cultures of human brain cells kept alive for more than a year undergo transitions in gene activity that resemble those seen in newborns, and may be used to study autism genes in postnatal stages of brain development.
Some neurons activate autism-linked genes when they fire, according to a new study.
Spectrum spoke with three Black scientists about why they got into autism research, what keeps them excited about their work and how the field could become more diverse.
Altering a protein linked to Rett syndrome so that it cannot bind to a methylation tag in neurons results in Rett-like traits in mice.
A controversial idea about how cells compartmentalize their contents into droplets — like beads of oil in water — could be key to understanding autism, says Julie Forman-Kay.
Misaligned gene expression maps suggest that some autism-linked genes play distinct roles in mouse and human brains.
Muffling expression of an autism-linked gene in a key song-related area of the brain renders young zebra finches unable to learn songs from older birds.
A new high-resolution imaging device tracks brain activity in awake mice, enabling researchers to map neural circuits across the entire brain.
A subset of brain cells signal when someone tries to infer another person’s thoughts, according to a new study.