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Ethicists Voice Concerns Over Creation Of Humanised 'Autistic' Monkeys

Researchers in China have genetically engineered monkeys to exhibit autistic-like behaviours, including impaired social skills and increased anxiety. This research is poised to improve our understanding of brain disorders, but ethicists say the harm endured by these monkeys is simply not worth it.


Are Sperm Banks In The Business Of Eugenics?

The most prominent sperm bank in the UK is under investigation after turning away donors with dyslexia and other questionable characteristics. This raises an important question: Should sperm banks be in the business of making “better” babies?


Why Expectant Mothers Shouldn't Panic About Taking Antidepressants

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that women who take antidepressants during the mid-to-late stages of their pregnancy experience an 87 per cent increased risk of having a child diagnosed with autism. Here’s what the study actually found and why there’s no immediate cause for alarm.


NeuroTribes Is The Best Book You Can Read To Understand Autism

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The Autism Epidemic: Increasing Cases Or Just Increasing Diagnoses?

An interesting new study was recently published in the British Medical Journal about the ‘autism epidemic‘ we have been experiencing in recent years (1). The Swedish authors of the study used data from children born between 1993 and 2002 to compare time trends in the rates of the autism symptom phenotype (i.e. the symptoms upon which a diagnosis of autism is based) and registered clinical diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder.


Google Is Hunting For An Autism Gene

Google is on a mission to pinpoint the genetic causes of autism. The company is using its cloud-based genome database, Google Genomics, to sequence genomes from 10,000 people on the autism spectrum, along with their family members. The plan is to host and index the genomes so that researchers can look for the genetic origins of the developmental disorder.


Scientists Find New Genetic Link For Autism And Schizophrenia

Despite all the years of research that have gone into them, cognitive conditions like autism and schizophrenia are still largely a mystery. Here’s one nice step toward figuring them out, though: Researchers from UCLA have discovered a specific genetic trait in a small community in Finland that might have some clues.


Study: Older Dads Linked To Rising Autism Rates In Children

Men can continue to reproduce late in life with little or no risk to themselves, but being an older dad could have serious repercussions for the child. A new study has found that older fathers are more likely to have children with autism or schizophrenia because of gene mutations.


Busted Freezer Melts 150 Brains

A freezer malfunction at Harvard’s McLean Hospital has damaged about a third of the world’s biggest collection of autism brain samples, potentially setting back research by as much as a decade.


Vaccines Don't Cause Autism, Please Vaccinate Your Children

Yet another study has found no association between vaccines and autism. Mercury, the main ingredient in vaccines suspected of causing learning disabilities, hasn’t been used to preserve the medicines since 2001. And since then, the incidence of autism has still increased.


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