Autism risk variants impact a continuum of social and behavioral traits within the general population Mark Daly compares genetic data of social and communication difficulties in healthy individuals with ASD genetic data to show how risk variants lead to a behavioral continuum.
A role for the maternal interleukin-17A pathway in autism Dan Littman and colleagues use a mouse maternal immune activation (MIA) model to dissect immune pathways linking MIA with autism risk.
Adult reversal of select autism-like phenotypes in SHANK3 mutant mice Using SHANK3 conditional knock-in mice, Guoping Feng shows that adult re-expression of SHANK3 improves cellular and behavioral abnormalities, including ASD-like deficits.
CRISPR-engineered models of human microdeletion/duplication syndromes James Gusella and Michael Talkowski develop a CRISPR/CAS9 genomic method to generate microdeletions and microduplications in human iPSCs that mirror human CNV genetics.
The Autism Inpatient Collection: A resource for studying individuals severely affected by autism The Autism Inpatient Collection, directed by Matthew Siegel, enrolls individuals severely affected by autism, facilitating assessment of this under-represented group.
Exploring genetic variation in autism beyond the exome Evan Eichler compares whole-genome and whole exome sequencing data of ASD indivduals and finds an enrichment of variants in putative noncoding regulatory elements in ASD.
Automated assessment of mouse behavioral modules Sandeep Robert Datta describes a combined 3D computer vision/machine-learning method that identifies behavioral modules expressed by freely behaving mice.
Deep brain stimulation suppresses excessive self-grooming in autism mouse models Irving Reti assesses, in two ASD mouse models, the utility of targeted, subthalamic nucleus, deep brain stimulation to treat severe forms of self-injurious behavior.