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  • Clinical trials for autism treatments go online
    8 March 2012
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    A new clinical trial, conducted entirely online, could provide a model for how to quickly and efficiently test some potential treatments for autism.

  • Fruit fly reference helps link genes to traits
    7 March 2012
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    Researchers have generated and sequenced almost 200 different strains of fruit flies, a widely used model organism, according to a study published 8 February in Nature. The resource they created, called the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel, will enable researchers to link genetic variants with aspects of fly biology and behavior.

  • Cognition and behavior: Study probes speech processing
    7 March 2012
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    Children with autism activate more brain regions than controls do when listening to tonal inflections in speech that convey meaning. The findings were published 19 December in Child Neuropsychology.

  • Minority delay
    6 March 2012
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    Minority children tend to show more severe symptoms of autism early on, regardless of social class.

  • Genetics: Maternal and paternal age increase risk of autism
    6 March 2012
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    The odds of having a child with autism begin to rise at age 35 for both men and women, but that risk does not increase further when both parents are over 35, according to a large study published in the March issue of Annals of Epidemiology.