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  • Genetics: Environment modulates autism symptoms in mice
    24 April 2012
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    Mutant mice with autism-like behaviors have fewer behavioral impairments when provided with toys, exercise wheels and contact with other mice, than do those that live in typical laboratory cages, according to a study published 5 April in Human Molecular Genetics

  • Gene expression altered in postmortem autism brains
    23 April 2012
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    Postmortem brain tissue from people with autism shows differences in the expression of genes involved in a number of molecular pathways, including those that control cortical patterning, programmed cell death and differentiation, according to research published last month in PLoS Genetics.

  • Rate debate
    20 April 2012
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    Do rising rates of autism point to a true increase in prevalence or simply reflect a growing awareness and thus diagnosis of the disorder?

  • Cognition and behavior: Reward circuit abnormal in autism
    20 April 2012
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    The reward center of the brain is less active in children with autism compared with controls in response both to praise and monetary rewards, according to a study published 11 April in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

  • Giant imaging study identifies genes that govern brain size
    19 April 2012
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    The largest brain imaging study ever performed has identified candidate genes that influence brain size and general intelligence, according to research published 15 April in Nature Genetics.