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  • Researchers map gene expression in the monkey brain
    4 April 2012
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    Researchers have used gene expression data to create a map of the layers within the neocortex, a brain region involved in sensory perception, motor control and language, of rhesus macaques. The results were published 22 March in Neuron.

  • Cognition and behavior: Corpus callosum smaller in autism
    4 April 2012
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    Children with autism have a smaller corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers that connects the two hemispheres of the brain, compared with controls, and this difference persists over two years of development, according to a study published 18 February in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

  • Blocking bullies
    3 April 2012
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    Children with autism are bullied three times more than their typically developing siblings, according to research from the Interactive Autism Network.

  • Genetics: Rare, common autism variants may function together
    3 April 2012
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    Researchers have mapped networks of genes expressed at the same time and place in the brain and shown that rare and common autism-linked mutations are likely to function in the same pathways. The results were published 8 March in PLoS Genetics.

  • In defense of childhood disintegrative disorder
    3 April 2012
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    Childhood disintegrative disorder represents a distinct entity within the autism spectrum and it should remain a separate diagnostic category, says Kevin Pelphrey.