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Autism interventions tailored for Black Americans; gene therapy for Rett syndrome; KATNAL2 gene

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 8 July.

By Jill Adams
9 July 2024 | 2 min read
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Future of BRAIN Initiative funding remains unclear

As the U.S. Congress begins to discuss federal science funding for 2025, any plans to compensate for this year’s cuts to the neuroscience program face an uphill battle.

By Angie Voyles Askham
3 July 2024 | 4 min listen
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FOXP1 gene; dose effect of neurodevelopmental conditions; transcriptomics in mouse model of autism

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 1 July.

By Jill Adams
2 July 2024 | 1 min read

Brain organoids overgrowth; DSCAM gene; sleep issues in autism

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 24 June.

By Jill Adams
25 June 2024 | 2 min read
Research image of white-matter density in brains of people with deletions or duplications in the 16p11.2 chromosomal region.

Double-empathy problem; dup15q syndrome; myelin loss in aging autistic adults

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 17 June.

By Jill Adams
18 June 2024 | 2 min read
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RNU4-2 gene; autism screening in Kenya; Rett syndrome gene therapy

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 10 June.

By Jill Adams
11 June 2024 | 2 min read
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At the end of the earth with Paul-Antoine Libourel

The French researcher’s accomplishments working with chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic highlight the importance of recording sleep in the wild.

By Yves Sciama
11 June 2024 | 18 min listen
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FOXP1 and FOXP2 genes; school absences; Parkinson’s disease

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 3 June.

By Jill Adams
4 June 2024 | 2 min read
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MECP2 gene; infant movement and autism; white-matter differences in tuberous sclerosis

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 27 May.

By Jill Adams
28 May 2024 | 2 min read
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Sex-dependent cytokine release; KATNAL2 gene; auditory processing in fragile X syndrome

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 20 May.

By Jill Adams
21 May 2024 | 1 min read

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10 standards for brain electrode-array recordings enhance reproducibility

Electrophysiology findings can vary widely from lab to lab, even among those using identical protocols. New guidelines set forth in a preprint should help.

By Elissa Welle
12 July 2024 | 5 min read
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Leveraging the power of community to strengthen clinical trials for rare genetic syndromes

Families can become not only participants but champions of these research efforts.

By Shafali Spurling Jeste
11 July 2024 | 7 min read

Accounting for a mosaic of sex differences: Q&A with Nicola Grissom

Breaking the binary view of sex traits can enable researchers to represent the broader complexity of behavior and cognition.

By Olivia Gieger
10 July 2024 | 7 min read