The coronavirus pandemic forced researchers and clinicians to find new ways to assess children for autism — many of which will almost certainly endure.
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In this week's Community Newsletter, we discuss papers about what it's like to be an autistic mother, how CHD8 affects synaptic transmission in mice and why researchers need to better understand the neurodiversity movement.
Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 12 April.
Mutations in CUL3, a gene strongly linked to autism, may cause differences in brain structure by disrupting cytoskeleton proteins, according to a new study.
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Fruit flies with low expression of a gene linked to neurodevelopment have disrupted sleep, poor memory and altered social behavior.
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Too little — or too much — of certain substances during pregnancy may increase the odds of having a child with autism. Here we explain what scientists know about these associations.
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On 20 September 2017, Hurricane Maria passed over Puerto Rico’s Cayo Santiago Island, home to more than 1,500 non-native rhesus macaques. After the storm, the monkeys formed new, unexpected relationships in ways that could offer clues about autism.
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Mice missing a copy of chromosomal region 16p11.2 are slow to learn motor tasks and have dysfunction in a brain circuit associated with stress and movement, according to a new study. Normalizing this circuit's activity corrects the learning deficit.
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In this week’s Community Newsletter, we discuss the Twitter buzz about two preprints looking at how common genetic variants, rare variants and sex interact to affect autism odds, and a viral tweet from a scientist who says her paper was rejected because it uses ‘identity-first’ language.