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Spectrumnews.org: Movement perception, autism traits may share genetic roots

Spectrumnews.org: Movement perception, autism traits may share genetic roots

Pattern recognition: Genes may partly account for difficulties in processing biological motion.

Illustration and animation courtesy of Ying Wang

The ability to identify human-like movements is rooted in genetics — and may share those origins with autism traits, a study of 117 twin pairs in China suggests1.

The ability to interpret

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Spectrumnews.org: New software mines data for autism risk genes

Spectrumnews.org: New software mines data for autism risk genes

Flock together: Newly flagged genes for developmental conditions (triangles) cluster in networks with previously identified risk factors (circles).

An algorithm combs through genetic data to identify variants involved in autism and four other brain conditions1.

The method expands on an older approach called transmission and de novo association (TADA), which

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Spectrumnews.org: Inside Scoop From the Autism Anchors: The attention deficit-autism overlap

Spectrumnews.org: Inside Scoop From the Autism Anchors: The attention deficit-autism overlap

Inside Scoop From the Autism Anchors: The attention deficit-autism overlap | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Special Reports Curated collections of articles on special topics in autism.

VIDEO BY TIM MATSUI, BACKGROUND PHOTO BY TIM MCGUIRE

Our autism anchors, Raphael Bernier and James Mancini, describe the similarities and differences between

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Spectrumnews.org: Optimism, confusion greet federal fast track for autism drug

Spectrumnews.org: Optimism, confusion greet federal fast track for autism drug

Breakthrough drug: An experimental drug for autism works by suppressing the activity of the hormone vasopressin (crystal at left).

Alfred Pasieka / Science Source

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the Swiss drug company Roche a rare ‘breakthrough therapy’ designation for a drug that may ease some features

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Spectrumnews.org: Webinar: Will Spooren describes European effort to find biomarkers for autism

Spectrumnews.org: Webinar: Will Spooren describes European effort to find biomarkers for autism

Webinar: Will Spooren describes European effort to find biomarkers for autism | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Webinars Presentations by leading experts on their latest research.

Will Spooren Head of behavioral pharmacology and preclinical imaging, F. Hoffmann-La Roche See Full Bio

Press Policy The Spectrum Webinar Series aims

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Spectrumnews.org: Autism shares brain signature with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Spectrumnews.org: Autism shares brain signature with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Making connections: Networks of genes derived from certain ‘modules’ (neuron, top right, and astrocyte, bottom left) are altered in autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Gene expression patterns in the brains of people with autism are similar to those of people who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, according to a large

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Spectrumnews.org: Games plus group therapy may help adults with autism find jobs

Spectrumnews.org: Games plus group therapy may help adults with autism find jobs

Talk therapy: An experimental approach for people with autism involves group activities to improve social skills.

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Adults with autism who undergo a therapy designed to bolster social learning show cognitive benefits that may increase their chances of employment, according to a new study1.

So-called ‘cognitive enhancement therapy’

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Spectrumnews.org: US agency backtracks on broad interpretation of 'clinical trial'

Spectrumnews.org: US agency backtracks on broad interpretation of 'clinical trial'

Rebecca Saxe

Professor, Massachussetts Institute of Technology

Autism researchers need no longer worry that their basic research studies will become entangled in the red tape associated with clinical trials.

On 17 January, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) released revised guidelines indicating what constitutes a clinical trial. It

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Spectrumnews.org: Hospitalization during pregnancy boosts risk of difficulties in child

Spectrumnews.org: Hospitalization during pregnancy boosts risk of difficulties in child

Class act: Children born to women who had a serious health condition during pregnancy may score poorly on a teacher assessment when they start school.

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Children of women who are hospitalized for health problems during pregnancy may develop poor physical, social, cognitive or emotional skills, a large study

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Spectrumnews.org: New databases decode gene expression in brain cells

Spectrumnews.org: New databases decode gene expression in brain cells

Expression pattern: A new resource reveals ‘marker’ genes that are highly expressed (bright colors) in certain cell types.

Two new databases that catalog the genes expressed in specific brain cells could help researchers interpret data on gene expression in postmortem brains1,2.

Scientists could use the resources to say, for example,

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Spectrumnews.org: Spectrum stories: Shifting cultural views about autism abroad

Spectrumnews.org: Spectrum stories: Shifting cultural views about autism abroad

Spectrum stories: Shifting cultural views about autism abroad | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Podcasts Stories about autism, featuring experts, families and journalists.

Illustration by John Hersey

In this episode, host Jacob Brogan talks to autism researchers and families with children on the spectrum in France and Ethiopia. However different

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Spectrumnews.org: Why US science may seriously suffer from a government shutdown

Spectrumnews.org: Why US science may seriously suffer from a government shutdown

The U.S. government still lacks an approved budget for fiscal year 2018, a draft of which began circulating 1 October. The temporary budget, called a continuing resolution, that Congress passed in October expired on 19 January. Because of this, by law, many government offices and functions shut down at midnight

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