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  • '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.

  • Widely used genetic technique may lead to spurious results
    7 August 2014
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    A popular method that neuroscientists use to simulate the effects of a mutation may alter the brain and produce misleading results, cautions a study published 18 June in Neuron.

  • Mutant protein causes reversible autism-like behaviors
    4 August 2014
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    Mice that begin expressing a mutant version of a protein called neurexin at 2 weeks of age develop autism-like behaviors that researchers can erase weeks or months later. The report, published 24 July in Cell Reports, suggests that it may be possible to treat autism symptoms even in adulthood.

  • Suicidal thoughts alarmingly common in people with autism
    31 July 2014
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    The idea that people with autism don’t feel strong emotions is a myth: Many of them are vulnerable to depression, despair and even suicide. New research documents alarmingly high rates of suicidal thoughts and actions in this group — and suggests that their distress takes unique forms.