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  • Brain atlas maps gene expression in three dimensions
    14 November 2012
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    Researchers have charted patterns of gene expression in a three-dimensional representation of the human brain. The results, published 20 September in Nature, show that different brain regions have distinct molecular and functional roles.

  • Genetics: Deletion of 16p11.2 region has variable effects
    14 November 2012
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    The loss of a 600-kilobase region on chromosome 16 leads to intellectual disability, obesity, a large head and, sometimes, autism, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of Medical Genetics.

  • Guest blog: Oxytocin’s power
    13 November 2012
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    A new study shows that long-term treatment with oxytocin, a hormone that typically enhances social bonds, can have unexpected consequences, says Sue Carter, a research scientist at RTI International.

  • Clinical research: Children with autism have abnormal airways
    13 November 2012
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    Children with autism have abnormal lung anatomy, according to a study published 28 August in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The results suggest a potential biomarker of autism, researchers say.

  • Insights for autism from schizophrenia
    13 November 2012
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    Lessons learned from postmortem studies of schizophrenia are applicable to research on autism, a disorder for which brain tissue has not been as well studied, say Allison Curley and David Lewis.