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Social media in the autism space this week served up a helpful cheat sheet of standout research tweets to catch up on — plus an easier way to consume preprints.
“Mixtures matter,” tweeted Giuseppe Testa, professor of molecular biology at Università Statale in Milan, Italy, about the effects of endocrine disruption during pregnancy on a child’s language development. The findings from his lab — summed up in a video as part of his thread — “show the impact of real-life chemical exposure,” he wrote.
#Mixtures matter! Check out our new study in @ScienceMagazine where we show the impact of real-life chemical exposure during pregnancy on language development, integrating epidemiology and experimental neurobiology (1/14) https://t.co/8HbBZHPIkG
— Giuseppe Testa (@gtesta72) February 18, 2022
Sven-Eric Jordt, associate professor of anesthesiology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, called the work groundbreaking.
@SOToxicology @ATS_EOPH Groundbreaking study demonstrating adverse developmental effects of toxicant mixtures. Regulation based on exposure limits to single toxicants are misrepresenting threats. https://t.co/EfwNLvGRgv
— dr Sven-Eric Jordt (@sejordt) February 23, 2022
Fernanda Pinheiro, research group leader at the Human Technopole research institute in Milan, flagged the paper as “phenomenal work” and worthy of a “weekend read alert” — and called out an accompanying Science Perspectives piece.
Weekend read alert ????
Phenomenal work by the team of @gtesta72!
Have a look at his summary below and on the accompanying Science Perspectives piece (refs. on the????).
Congratulations to all the authors ????????? BRAVO! https://t.co/SCSVozpkGi
— Fernanda Pinheiro (@fepinheiromycin) February 19, 2022
Maria Chahrour, assistant professor of genetics and neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, shared a new paper in which she and her colleagues identified novel coding and noncoding candidate genetic variants for autism among a cohort of consanguineous families.
I’m happy to share our latest paper in Genomic Medicine @NaturePortfolio. @IslamOguzTuncay led the work to analyze recent shared ancestry in a familial cohort & identified coding and noncoding #Autism candidate variants. https://t.co/eyF6OGbHzR????
— Maria Chahrour (@MariaChahrour) February 21, 2022
The “great study” shows “the powers of shared ancestry” for studying autism, tweeted Christopher Walsh, Bullard Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Harvard Medical School.
Great study from @MariaChahrour showing the powers of shared ancestry in studying ASD. https://t.co/N0vZHpB5lQ
— ChrisAWalsh (@ChrisAWalsh1) February 21, 2022
Debra Silver, associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke, shared a thread on a new preprint that shows how the autism-linked gene DDX3X controls cortical development, with different effects in male and female mice. The findings offer insight into DDX3X syndrome in people, Silver wrote.
Excited to share our newest pre-print led by @mariahhoye– We discover that DDX3X controls cortical development by influencing cell cycle and translational dynamics- giving new insights into @ddx3x syndrome! 1/nhttps://t.co/1NkOAGHa0Y
— Debby Silver (@TheSilverLab) February 23, 2022
And speaking of preprints, Twitter was all aflutter on Wednesday feting the addition of in-line figures for all on the preprint server bioRxiv.
“Endless twitter wars” have been wagered over the lack of consensus on how best to format author PDFs, wrote Richard Sever, assistant director at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press and a cofounder of bioRxiv and its sister server, medRxiv. “But clearly many readers want figs in-line.”
Now they can “print (or save as PDF) all articles with in-line figures, regardless of how the authors originally formatted them,” he wrote.
New bioRxiv feature: in-line figures for everyone!
You can now print (or save as PDF) all articles with in-line figures, regardless of how the authors origiunally formatted them 1/n pic.twitter.com/jVkjjgM3K7
— Richard Sever (@cshperspectives) February 23, 2022
Others rejoiced over the “glow up,” hailing “in-line figures forever” and an end to “violently scrolling down to the pictures” in a series of quote tweets.
“Great. Now let’s never talk about this again,” wrote Andrew Pruszynski, associate professor of physiology and pharmacology and psychology at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.
Great. Now let’s never talk about this again. https://t.co/QPp8s5HtuE
— Andrew Pruszynski (@andpru) February 23, 2022
That’s it for this week’s Community Newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you saw in the autism research sphere, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cite this article: https://doi.org/10.53053/YGAY9701