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Genetic Underpinnings of Brain Activity May Differ in Autism
A study finds that expression levels of certain genes that track with brain activity—particularly those involved in brain development—vary between people with autism and their non-autistic peers.
Genetic Underpinnings of Brain Activity May Differ in Autism
Genetic Underpinnings of Brain Activity May Differ in Autism

A study finds that expression levels of certain genes that track with brain activity—particularly those involved in brain development—vary between people with autism and their non-autistic peers.

A study finds that expression levels of certain genes that track with brain activity—particularly those involved in brain development—vary between people with autism and their non-autistic peers.

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Three Autism-Linked Genes Converge on Tweaks to Cells’ Timing
Angie Voyles Askham, Spectrum | Feb 3, 2022 | 3 min read
The genes are involved in pacing the development of inhibitory and excitatory neurons. An imbalance in these two types of signaling is thought to play a role in autism.
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Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons
Lauren Aguirre | Jun 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Understanding how the brain coordinates electrical activity could be key to developing more-effective treatments for a variety of brain disorders.
Nascent Neurons Journey Through Newborn Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 6, 2016 | 4 min read
Young cells make their way to the frontal lobe to create new circuits in the brains of infants, researchers report. 
Neural Target for Autism?
Jef Akst | Feb 7, 2014 | 2 min read
Mouse and rat models of the developmental disorder responded positively to a drug given to their mothers a day before birth.
Sex Matters
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2012 | 1 min read
Researchers reveal a new pathway of synaptic modulation in the hippocampus exclusive to females.
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