Q&A

  • Questions for Thomas Insel: Paths to treatments for autism
    24 November 2014
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    Finding people who have an autism-linked mutation but no apparent symptoms may be the key to identifying drug targets for the disorder, says Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

  • Questions for Karen Parker: Probing monkey social behavior
    4 November 2014
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    Like people, monkeys vary widely in their social abilities. Behavioral neuroscientist Karen Parker explains how studying social behavior in monkeys can advance how we understand and treat autism.

  • Questions for Joseph Cubells: Folic acid's impact on autism
    7 October 2014
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    It’s been 15 years since researchers published an epidemiological study with results so striking they sparked worldwide changes in food fortification. Geneticist Joseph Cubells is revisiting the results to determine whether folate decreases autism risk. 

  • Questions for Lawrence Reiter: Extracting clues from teeth
    9 September 2014
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    Neurologist Lawrence Reiter is growing neurons from the discarded teeth of children with neurological syndromes. Here he describes how dental pulp may help researchers find the genes and pathways that underlie autism symptoms.

  • Questions for James Noonan: Tracking a candidate gene's rise
    26 August 2014
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    Geneticist James Noonan explains how the complex function of CHD8, the leading candidate for autism risk, points to a way to unravel the mechanisms underlying autism.