Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study

In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

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Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Carolyn A. Thomson, Kathy D. McCoy | Aug 1, 2021
Work in rodents shows that the bacteria living in a mother’s gut can produce immunomodulatory metabolites and influence the production of maternal antibodies—both of which can affect her offspring’s development.
The Role of Mom’s Microbes During Pregnancy
The Role of Mom’s Microbes During Pregnancy
Carolyn A. Thomson, Kathy D. McCoy | Aug 1, 2021
Bacteria in the gut influence the production of antibodies and themselves secrete metabolites. In a pregnant woman, these compounds may influence immune development of her fetus.
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Retinal Activity Prepares Blind Newborn Mice for Vision
Ruth Williams | Jul 22, 2021
Spontaneous waves of nerve impulses flowing across the retina help mouse pups practice motion detection for when they eventually open their eyes.
Human-Monkey Chimeras Shed Light on Development
Human-Monkey Chimeras Shed Light on Development
Abby Olena | Apr 15, 2021
Human stem cells injected into early monkey embryos proliferate and contribute to multiple cell lineages over 20 days of embryonic development.
Siobhán Brady Uses Big Data to Investigate Plant Development
Siobhán Brady Uses Big Data to Investigate Plant Development
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2021
The University of California, Davis, professor is a pioneer in teasing apart the changes in gene expression that drive root development.
Action at a Distance, Circa Early 1950s
Action at a Distance, Circa Early 1950s
Diana Kwon | Dec 1, 2020
Neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini began her Nobel Prize–winning work in a makeshift laboratory in Italy during the Second World War.
Did Contaminated Water Exacerbate Brazilian Babies’ Zika Symptoms?
Did Contaminated Water Exacerbate Brazilian Babies’ Zika Symptoms?
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2020
Elevated levels of a neurotoxin in northeastern Brazil’s drinking water and a high incidence of microcephaly in the region led scientists to look for a link, and they found one.
Image of the Day: Nutrient Sensor
Image of the Day: Nutrient Sensor
Amy Schleunes | Mar 26, 2020
A zinc-sensing protein found in fruit fly intestines regulates the insect’s growth and feeding behavior.
A Woman of Firsts, Early 20th Century
A Woman of Firsts, Early 20th Century
Emily Makowski | Jan 13, 2020
Florence Sabin was known for her pioneering research and efforts to support women in science.
Transposons Identified as Likely Cause of Undiagnosed Diseases
Transposons Identified as Likely Cause of Undiagnosed Diseases
Jef Akst | Jan 13, 2020
A tool for identifying jumping gene insertions in DNA sequencing data turns up possible explanations for four patients’ rare developmental disorders.
Worm Embryogenesis: Cell by Cell and Gene by Gene
Worm Embryogenesis: Cell by Cell and Gene by Gene
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2019
A single-cell map of C. elegans’s transcriptome during development finds cell lineages that start out genetically different and end up as cells of similar function and genetic profile.
Researchers Implant Memories in Zebra Finch Brains
Researchers Implant Memories in Zebra Finch Brains
Abby Olena | Oct 3, 2019
Juvenile birds learn the length of the sounds in a song from a false memory introduced via optogenetics, instead of from real interactions with a tutor bird.
Trump Administration Weakens Endangered Species Protections
Trump Administration Weakens Endangered Species Protections
Ashley Yeager | Aug 13, 2019
Enforcement of the Endangered Species Act will be altered, easing protections for the most critically threatened plants and animals.
Image of the Day: Cichlid Cranium
Image of the Day: Cichlid Cranium
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 25, 2019
Maternal care for the fish alters the structure of their developing heads.
Image of the Day: Fly Eye
Image of the Day: Fly Eye
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 16, 2019
See a developing Drosophila eye.
Doctors Report World’s Second Case of “Semi-Identical” Twins
Doctors Report World’s Second Case of “Semi-Identical” Twins
Catherine Offord | Feb 28, 2019
The extremely rare event, thought to be caused by two sperm cells fertilizing the same egg simultaneously, was last reported in 2007.
Mutations in One Gene Linked to Two Separate Birth Defects
Mutations in One Gene Linked to Two Separate Birth Defects
Emma Yasinski | Feb 1, 2019
The same network of transcription factors may be responsible for both cleft palate and neural tube defects, according to a new study connecting mouse and human data.
Presence of Bacterial Pathogen Blocks <em>Arabidopsis</em> Germination
Presence of Bacterial Pathogen Blocks Arabidopsis Germination
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2019
A compound produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa activates signaling pathways that prevent seeds from growing in unfavorable environments.
Leader of Evo-Devo Field, Rudy Raff, Dies
Leader of Evo-Devo Field, Rudy Raff, Dies
Jef Akst | Jan 9, 2019
The Indiana University professor was known for his research on the evolution of organismal development.