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  • Gene expression analysis identifies risk genes for autism
    5 July 2012
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    Analyzing how mutations in people with autism affect gene expression in blood-derived cells could help researchers pinpoint harmful mutations, according to research published 21 July in The American Journal of Human Genetics.

  • Researchers debut 'virtual microscope' for mouse brain
    4 July 2012
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    Researchers have released the first set of data from the Mouse Brain Architecture Project, which uses light microscopy to trace neuronal circuits in the mouse brain.

  • Clinical research: Melatonin relieves sleep problems in autism
    4 July 2012
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    Children who receive a combination of melatonin and behavioral therapy fall asleep faster and have better sleep quality than those who get either treatment alone or those on placebo, according to a study published 22 May in the Journal of Sleep Research.

  • Molecular mechanisms: Fragile X clumps function at synapses
    3 July 2012
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    FMRP, the protein missing in people with fragile X syndrome, localizes in clusters of proteins at neuronal junctions that relay sensory and motor information, according to a study published 23 April in The Journal of Comparative Neurology.

  • Growth factor
    3 July 2012
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    A small clinical trial at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai aims to test whether an existing drug, the growth factor IGF-1, will help treat some of the core symptoms of autism in children with a specific genetic mutation.