Even partial loss of the gene impairs the mouse brain’s ability to respond to sensory experiences, which may explain why people with SYNGAP1 mutations tend to have learning difficulties and a high pain tolerance.

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The possibility of microbial treatments for autism has inspired a burst of research and nascent clinical trials, but new research suggests these efforts rest on shaky scientific ground.

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Fallout over two recent studies highlights the potential power of social media to shape science, and the shifting dynamics between researchers and the autistic community.

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The hormone is no better than placebo at boosting social behavior in autistic children, according to a new study, but it may still benefit a subset of people with the condition.

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The decision comes after a Spectrum survey found that most autism researchers did not plan to attend in person.

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As academic conferences resume the option to attend in person, alongside virtual sessions, many autism researchers say they face a difficult choice.

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Help Spectrum report on the pandemic's effect on conference plans by participating in a brief survey.

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Mice exposed to unusually low levels of the placental hormone allopregnanolone in the womb show atypical brain development and autism-like behaviors.

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Most autistic people do not receive the medically recommended genetic tests for autism. Brenda Finucane and her colleagues want to change that.

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A mutation in the autism-linked gene SHANK3 changes how neurons encode information about social agency in mice.

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