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  • Expression data links gene candidates to autism
    11 July 2012
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    Identifying genetic variants that affect the expression of other genes can enhance traditional gene association analyses and highlight candidate risk factors for autism, according to a study published 16 May in Molecular Autism.

  • Molecular mechanisms: FMRP target linked to cognitive skills
    11 July 2012
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    The protein missing in people with fragile X syndrome may activate the expression of a signaling protein dubbed NOS1 during prenatal development of brain regions involved in language and social skills, according to a study published 11 May in Cell.

  • Brain's bluff
    10 July 2012
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    Studying how and when people bluff during a poker game could help us understand how people make social decisions, according to an article in Science. The same approach could also be used to study social deficits in autism.

  • Cognition and behavior: Hearing delay unique to autism
    10 July 2012
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    An abnormal response to sound detected by brain imaging may distinguish children with autism from those with specific language impairment, according to a study published 30 May in Neuroreport.

  • Targeting brain microcircuits may help treat autism
    10 July 2012
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    Understanding the function of neuronal circuits, specifically microcircuits in the prefrontal cortex and elsewhere in the brain, will play a major role in translating research findings into new autism treatments, says Vikaas Sohal.