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  • Autism research may require tens of thousands of samples
    18 June 2012
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    Rare variants make up the vast majority of human genetic variation, according to two independent papers published in May in Science. That means that genetic studies of complex diseases such as autism are likely to require tens of thousands of participants.

  • Microbial world
    15 June 2012
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    New tools developed as part of the Human Microbiome Project could help researchers understand the role of microbes in autism.

  • Clinical research: Genetic variant improves effects of oxytocin
    15 June 2012
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    Men with a common autism-linked variant of CD38, a gene that regulates levels of the ‘trust hormone’ oxytocin, benefit more from the hormone than do those with other variants, according to a study published in the May issue of Neuropsychopharmacology.

  • 14 June 2012
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    A freezer malfunction that damaged a third of the largest collection of autism brain tissue points to the dire need for more donations, a better system for eliciting them, and a coordinated effort for storing and distributing tissue.

  • 'Tomato' red molecule reports on neuronal activity
    13 June 2012
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    A pH-sensitive red fluorescent molecule allows researchers to simultaneously monitor two different types of neuronal activity, according to a study published 27 May in Nature Neuroscience.