3 December 2013Comments ( 1 )
MeCP2, the protein mutated in Rett syndrome, is normally responsible for boosting the expression of a large number of genes. This finding, published 3 October in Cell Stem Cell, may explain why growth factors that promote protein production are able to reverse features of the syndrome in mice.
29 November 2013Comments ( 2 )
Around 5 years of age, most children with autism are better at sounding out words than they are at understanding them, according to a study published in September in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
26 November 2013Comments ( 0 )
Individuals with autism may carry genetic variants in a pathway important for brain development, according to a study published in September in Translational Psychiatry.
22 November 2013Comments ( 0 )
When people with autism consider scenarios that require them to infer others' thoughts and beliefs, scans show no difference between their brain activation and that of controls, according to a study published 20 September in PLoS One.
19 November 2013Comments ( 0 )
Loss of one copy of the autism-linked gene PTEN in mouse neurons boosts production of a certain ion channel, and decreases the neurons’ firing rate, according to a study published 21 October in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.