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  • Sponges made from RNA can knock down gene expression
    9 May 2012
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    Researchers have created sponge-like assemblies of hundreds of thousands of short fragments of RNA, which can be used to dampen the expression of certain genes, according to a study published 26 February in Nature Materials.

  • Cognition and behavior: Drug improves memory in autism
    9 May 2012
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    Propranolol, a drug used to treat heart disease and anxiety, might improve memory and attention deficits in autism, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

  • Compensatory mechanisms
    8 May 2012
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    Identifying genetic and other factors that protect children at risk of autism from developing the disorder could provide new avenues for treatment.

  • Molecular mechanisms: Growth factor altered in autism brains
    8 May 2012
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    The brains of individuals with autism have higher-than-typical levels of the precursor to a neuronal growth factor called BDNF, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. The results suggest a mechanism for altered brain development in autism.

  • Debate over quality of adult-derived stem cells rages on
    7 May 2012
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    As the use of induced pluripotent stem cells grows, researchers are searching for ways to make them behave more predictably.