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Autism (sometimes called “classical autism”) is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. Other ASDs include Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Experts estimate that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have autism. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females.
Scientists reveal how autism-linked genetic mutation disrupts neural development using mini-brains

Scientists reveal how autism-linked genetic mutation disrupts neural development using mini-brains

Astrocyte abnormalities may play a pivotal role in causing ASD symptoms

Astrocyte abnormalities may play a pivotal role in causing ASD symptoms

Researchers discover how new techniques may alter the synaptic connection of neurons

Researchers discover how new techniques may alter the synaptic connection of neurons

Genomics provides a deeper understanding of the cause of hydrocephalus

Genomics provides a deeper understanding of the cause of hydrocephalus

Researchers discover 15 genetic 'hotspots' that speed up or slow down brain aging

Researchers discover 15 genetic 'hotspots' that speed up or slow down brain aging

New project receives over $700,000 to study about CHARGE syndrome

New project receives over $700,000 to study about CHARGE syndrome

Gene mutation influences autism development, study finds

Gene mutation influences autism development, study finds

Insight into oligodendrocyte cells could lead to new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

Insight into oligodendrocyte cells could lead to new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

Inclusive new tool for genomic research boosts efforts to develop more precise treatments for diseases

Inclusive new tool for genomic research boosts efforts to develop more precise treatments for diseases

Microglia help neurons grow synapses critical to cognitive functioning, research finds

Microglia help neurons grow synapses critical to cognitive functioning, research finds

Researchers develop a method for preserving human primordial germ cell-like cells

Researchers develop a method for preserving human primordial germ cell-like cells

Three proteins as potential new therapeutic targets in movement disorders

Three proteins as potential new therapeutic targets in movement disorders

Scientists use genetically informed brain atlases to identify hundreds of genomic loci

Scientists use genetically informed brain atlases to identify hundreds of genomic loci

Different autism risk genes have similar effects on brain development, study finds

Different autism risk genes have similar effects on brain development, study finds

Experts unravel a new form of communication between brain cells

Experts unravel a new form of communication between brain cells

Cloud-based platform enables easy access to global genomics databases

Cloud-based platform enables easy access to global genomics databases

Researchers fine-tune an additional system for more efficient gene editing

Researchers fine-tune an additional system for more efficient gene editing

Monitoring strains of bacteria may provide better insights into the microbiome

Monitoring strains of bacteria may provide better insights into the microbiome

Revealing a Cell's Components through Artificial Intelligence

Revealing a Cell's Components through Artificial Intelligence