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  • Wheel-running test assesses autism behaviors in mice
    27 June 2012
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    Researchers can evaluate core features of autism, such as social deficits and stereotyped behaviors, by watching how mice used to running on a wheel react when the wheel is broken, according to a study published 24 May in Behavioral Brain Research.

  • Genetics: Deletions in neurexin-1 linked to seizures
    27 June 2012
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    Deletions in the second half of the autism-linked gene neurexin-1 are associated with seizures and large head size, according to a study published 23 May in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

  • Focus on function may help unravel autism's complex genetics
    26 June 2012
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    To find the pathogenic mutations in complex disorders such as autism, researchers may need to conduct sophisticated analyses of the genetic functions that are disrupted, says geneticist Aravinda Chakravarti.

  • 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.