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Soothing sensory sensitivity may ease social problems in mice

Spectrumnews.org

BY NICHOLETTE ZELIADT  /  12 NOVEMBER 2017

“The findings suggest that some features of autism arise from malfunctioning neurons outside the brain and spinal cord, says Lauren Orefice, a research fellow in David Ginty’s lab at Harvard University. They also hint that treatments targeting these peripheral neurons could help to ease some features of the condition.”


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Notable papers of 2016

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

SPECIAL REPORTS / 2016: YEAR IN REVIEW / 26 DECEMBER 2016

“This year, as we do every year, we asked scientists to help us choose the 10 most ‘notable’ autism papers — ones that transformed the field in some significant way.

The final selection highlights several advances in the field. Researchers are homing in on immune molecules that may play a role in autism risk. And new tools, from genetically engineered animals to massive genetic databases, will be a boon to future research.

Orefice L. et alCell 166, 299-313 (2016): The anxiety and trouble with social skills seen in people with autism stem largely from neurons outside the brain that govern touch.”


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Autism may stem—in part—from a disordered sense of touch

Science / Sciencemag.org

By Teal Burrell / June 9, 2016

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