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  •  Study on 'extreme male brain' theory of autism draws critics
    25 August 2014
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    The controversial theory that characterizes autism as the result of an ‘extreme male brain’ gets fresh support from a large new survey, but critics are skeptical.

  • Large genetic deletion leads to autism, but not always
    21 August 2014
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    To characterize people who carry deletions in 16p11.2 and 15q13.3, genetic regions linked to autism, two studies published this summer looked in detail at dozens of people with either deletion. The studies found that deletions in these regions lead to diverse symptoms that only sometimes include autism. 

  • Age alters patterns of chemical tags on sperm DNA
    18 August 2014
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    The configuration of methyl groups that modify DNA in sperm change as men get older. These alterations may help explain why children of older fathers are at increased risk for neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism.

  • 'Thunder' promises lightning-fast analysis of big brain data
    14 August 2014
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    Researchers have developed a set of software tools called Thunder that can find meaningful patterns in large-scale data on brain activity.

  • Signaling imbalance skews sensory responses in autism mice
    11 August 2014
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    Mice modeling autism have trouble integrating different kinds of sensory information such as sight, sound and touch. A study published 31 July in Neuron reports that an imbalance between signals that calm neurons and those that excite them leads to these sensory problems.

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