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  • Brain activity triggers widespread epigenetic changes
    26 September 2011
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    Methylation marks were thought to be permanent features of the genome, but a new study challenges that idea.

  • Social cues from bodies in motion lost to those with autism
    22 September 2011
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    Two new studies suggest that people with autism don't all have trouble detecting the motion of people and animals. What they do struggle with is picking up social information from bodies in motion.

  • Researchers map gene expression in layers of mouse brain
    16 September 2011
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    A new atlas of gene expression patterns in the adult mouse brain shows how thousands of genes are turned on in specific layers of the cortex.

  • New mutations spike in offspring of older fathers
    12 September 2011
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    The offspring of older male mice are 16 times more likely to harbor a spontaneous copy number variation — a deletion or duplication of genetic material — than are the offspring of young males, according to a new study.

  • People with milder forms of autism struggle as adults
    8 September 2011
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    Contrary to popular assumption, people diagnosed with so-called mild forms of autism don’t fare any better in life than those with severe forms of the disorder. That’s the conclusion of a new study that suggests that even individuals with normal intelligence and language abilities struggle to fit into society because of their social and communication problems.