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  • Wholesale genomes
    22 November 2011
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    In October, the autism science and advocacy organization Autism Speaks announced its plans to sequence whole genomes of 10,000 children with the disorder and their family members over the next two years.

  • Molecular mechanisms: Neurons excitable in fragile X mice
    22 November 2011
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    Neurons from mice that model fragile X syndrome may fire signals more readily than neurons from controls, according to a study published 5 October in The Journal of Neuroscience. The results suggest a cause for the high incidence of seizures in individuals with the syndrome.

  • A case for the importance of interneurons in autism
    22 November 2011
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    The etiology of autism may be best understood as an impairment of neuronal circuits, specifically interneurons that dampen signals in the brain, says neuroscientist Gordon Fishell.  

  • Motor problems key feature of autism, family study suggests
    21 November 2011
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    In families that have at least one child with autism, significant motor impairments crop up in most children with the disorder and hardly any of their unaffected siblings, according to a study published 19 October in Autism.

  • Measuring monogamy
    18 November 2011
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    Oxytocin, the so-called ‘love hormone,’ plays a key role in monogamy in rodents, but its association with human relationships is subtle at best.