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  • Clinical research: Fever during pregnancy linked to autism
    26 June 2012
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    An untreated fever during pregnancy more than doubles the risk that the child will develop autism, according to a study published 5 May in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

  • Guest blog: The case for brain donation
    26 June 2012
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    We can't get back the tissue lost in the Harvard freezer malfunction, but we can try to create something positive from this tragic event, says Alison Singer.

  • SHANK2 mouse models show opposite brain signaling
    25 June 2012
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    Two new strains of mice carrying different mutations in the SHANK2 gene show similar autism-like behaviors but opposing effects on brain signaling, according to two independent studies published 14 June in Nature.

  • Epigenetic age
    22 June 2012
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    Normal aging triggers dramatic changes to the epigenome, the set of chemical tags that turn genes on and off, according to a new study.

  • Molecular mechanisms: Alzheimer's protein linked to autism
    22 June 2012
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    Amyloid-beta, the small protein that forms plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, is more prevalent in postmortem brains from individuals with autism than in those from controls, according to a study published 2 May in PLoS One.