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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.
Gene editing made faster than ever before using AI

Gene editing made faster than ever before using AI

Ten years and 1,000 studies later, epigeneticists discover problems in their arsenal

Ten years and 1,000 studies later, epigeneticists discover problems in their arsenal

Marine plankton samples can help understand the link between ocean pollution and chronic illnesses

Marine plankton samples can help understand the link between ocean pollution and chronic illnesses

Genetic cause behind novel DEE syndrome discovered

Genetic cause behind novel DEE syndrome discovered

Specific genetic variant resulting in the early onset of epilepsy identified

Specific genetic variant resulting in the early onset of epilepsy identified

Highlighting the potential of new techniques to study mental disorders

Highlighting the potential of new techniques to study mental disorders

New insights into the genetics underlying autism spectrum

New insights into the genetics underlying autism spectrum

UO research in zebrafish shows a gut-brain link that influences social behavior

UO research in zebrafish shows a gut-brain link that influences social behavior

RNA-edited regions in brain shed light on neurodevelopment and disease

RNA-edited regions in brain shed light on neurodevelopment and disease

Many proteins share important roles in the formation and function of synapses, study finds

Many proteins share important roles in the formation and function of synapses, study finds

New guidelines to generate high-quality, well-structured organoids

New guidelines to generate high-quality, well-structured organoids

Characterizing the transcription profile of microglia in a mouse model

Characterizing the transcription profile of microglia in a mouse model

Brain cells with the same birthdate display distinct connectivity

Brain cells with the same birthdate display distinct connectivity

UCLA researchers receive NIH award to develop next-generation versions of miniature microscope

UCLA researchers receive NIH award to develop next-generation versions of miniature microscope

Research outlines how stem cells become sensory interneurons

Research outlines how stem cells become sensory interneurons

Researchers discover key cells that control interaction in parts of the brain

Researchers discover key cells that control interaction in parts of the brain

Research identifies the main gene that causes developmental disability syndrome

Research identifies the main gene that causes developmental disability syndrome

Researchers determine small protein’s structure, likely to pave the way for advanced treatments

Researchers determine small protein’s structure, likely to pave the way for advanced treatments

A novel mechanism shared by mutations in varied genes could help treat neurological diseases

A novel mechanism shared by mutations in varied genes could help treat neurological diseases

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