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“Fragile” hope for autism

In chapter 9 (“Reasons for Optimism”) of my book I discuss startling results obtained with various mouse models of genetic disorders that display some autism symptoms. That is, in mice carrying the fragile X syndrome (FXS), Rett syndrome or tuberous … Continue reading

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New immune-related autism reports from IMFAR

asdresearchinitiative points out on his/her blog 5 abstracts from the current International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), run by the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR). The abstracts are all from UC Davis/MIND Institute. One puzzling finding in the Schwartzer … Continue reading

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Hyraxes are telling us something

In chapter 7 of my book, I take up the question of how to make and characterize animal models of autism, schizophrenia and depression. In the case of autism, one of the defining features is a loss or lack of … Continue reading

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Mouse model of an autism risk factor displays the cardinal symptoms of the disorder

Our group has just published on line┬ánew results on a mouse model of the maternal infection risk factor for autism. In this model, pregnant mice are given an immune activation to imitate an infection such as the flu. The new … Continue reading

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