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  • Rett protein in adult brain key for survival
    21 June 2012
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    The gene missing or mutated in Rett syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, is critical for the survival of adult mice, according to a study published 31 May in Human Molecular Genetics.

  • Whole-brain circuits light up in fish brains
    20 June 2012
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    A new approach allows researchers to visualize individual neurons in the small, clear brains of larval zebrafish as they interact with their surroundings, according to a study published 9 May in Nature.

  • Cognition and behavior: Context affects repetitive behavior
    20 June 2012
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    Repetitive behaviors are often motivated by anxiety when children with autism and intellectual disability transition from one task to the next, but they are linked to a desire for attention when the children have free time, according to a study published in May in the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

  • Drug merger
    19 June 2012
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    Seaside Therapeutics, a small biotech, and Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche have announced a partnership to develop drugs for fragile X syndrome and autism.

  • Genetics: Analysis identifies new autism candidate regions
    19 June 2012
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    An analysis of large duplications and deletions of DNA has identified new candidate genes for autism in pathways linked to the disorder. The results were published 22 May in Human Molecular Genetics.