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Spectrumnews.org: Drug agency ruling on marijuana may do little to ease autism research

Spectrumnews.org: Drug agency ruling on marijuana may do little to ease autism research

Loose leaf: A compound derived from marijuana is approved to treat seizures.

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In a long-awaited decision released Thursday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) made it legal for doctors to prescribe an epilepsy drug called Epidiolex that is derived from marijuana.

Epidiolex contains a compound present in marijuana

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Spectrumnews.org: Brain implant mutes seizure-like activity in mice

Spectrumnews.org: Brain implant mutes seizure-like activity in mice

Targeted treatment: An implant (pink/red) delivers a drug directly to the problem area in a mouse brain.

A new brain implant pumps chemical signals directly into a target region to ease seizure-like activity in mice1.

Clinicians could use the implant to treat neurological conditions such as epilepsy. Roughly 25 percent

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Spectrumnews.org: Control of gene expression alters impact of autism mutations

Spectrumnews.org: Control of gene expression alters impact of autism mutations

Mitigating harm: Some genetic variants can compensate for the effects of a harmful mutation.

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Whether a mutation is harmful, and how harmful it is, depends on what other genetic variants an individual carries. Scientists have long believed this to be the case, and a new study provides

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Spectrumnews.org: Quashing sex bias in autism research calls for participant rainbow

Spectrumnews.org: Quashing sex bias in autism research calls for participant rainbow

Meng-Chuan Lai

Assistant professor, University of Toronto

In 2010, a group of psychologists pointed out that behavioral researchers overwhelmingly rely on participants from Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic societies — what they termed a ‘WEIRD’ sample — to draw conclusions about human characteristics1. They demonstrated that theories drawn

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Spectrumnews.org: Spectrum stories: Resetting the autistic brain

Spectrumnews.org: Spectrum stories: Resetting the autistic brain

Spectrum stories: Resetting the autistic brain | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Podcasts Listen to stories about autism, featuring experts, families and journalists.

Illustration by John Hersey

Deep brain stimulation is not an approved treatment for autism but has helped some people with extreme obsessions and other severe traits. Host

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Spectrumnews.org: Two tools speed the search for mutations in whole genomes

Spectrumnews.org: Two tools speed the search for mutations in whole genomes

Software to identify genetic variants, along with a new synthetic human genome, could help scientists discover mutations associated with conditions such as autism.

The software, called Strelka2, uses algorithms to compare the sequence of a reference genome with one from a person who has a condition. The tool detects small

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Spectrumnews.org: Loss of large proteins underlies fragile X syndrome, study says

Spectrumnews.org: Loss of large proteins underlies fragile X syndrome, study says

Egg-cellent models: Protein production in fruit fly eggs is similar to that in neurons.

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The protein missing in fragile X syndrome, FMRP, facilitates the production of hundreds of unusually large proteins, some of which are linked to autism, a new study suggests1.

And the loss of these large

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