Science and society

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
A photograph of Paul-Antoine Libourel.

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 read
Research image of cerebral organoids.

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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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
A research image of brain scans

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
Research image of cerebral blood volume in mouse brains.

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
Illustration of an open journal featuring lines of text and small illustrations of eyes and mouths.

Spina bifida; MDMA effects in a mouse model of autism; maternal autoantibodies

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 13 May.

By Jill Adams
14 May 2024 | 2 min read
Research image of neuronal axons in mice.

X chromosome inactivation; motor difficulties in 16p11.2 duplication and deletion; oligodendroglia

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 6 May.

By Jill Adams
7 May 2024 | 2 min read
Hands pull apart a pie chart.

What neuroscientists should know—and what they can do—about changes to BRAIN initiative funding

Many grant proposals submitted to the program in the past year are unlikely to be funded, according to people within the National Institutes of Health. But scientist advocates are reaching out to congressional representatives to try to make changes for 2025.

By Angie Voyles Askham
2 May 2024 | 7 min read
Research image of glutaminergic synapses on parvalbumin interneurons.

Brain Gene Registry; neurite density; income disparities in autism diagnoses

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 29 April.

By Jill Adams
30 April 2024 | 2 min read

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Giant analysis reveals how autism-linked genes affect brain cell types

Genes that predispose people to autism account for a large portion of the neuronal and glial cell changes seen in those with the condition.

By Charles Q. Choi
20 June 2024 | 5 min read

Widely used calcium imaging protocol can lead to spurious results, new paper cautions

The technique, which measures calcium currents as a proxy for neuronal firing, sometimes reports unusual and potentially misleading waves of activity in the hippocampus.

By Angie Voyles Askham
19 June 2024 | 0 min watch
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Faked results lead to retraction of high-profile cancer neuroscience study

An investigation found that the experiments required more animals than the scientists had purchased.

By Dalmeet Singh Chawla
18 June 2024 | 4 min read