November 19, 2021


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Tags: brain, Clinical, ethics, genetics, gut, microbes, organoid, Spectrum, Spotted, web


Categories: autism

Noticed across the net: Intestine microbes, scientific genetics, mind organoid ethics | Spectrum

Research summary

  • Analysis of the proteins in the stool of autistic children revealed altered levels of specific gut microbes and enzymes that metabolize carbohydrates. Journal of Proteomics
  • Two commercially available wireless heart rate trackers are convenient and reliable for use with autistic children. Autism research
  • Nutritional problems in children, especially those that persist into the third year of life, appear to correlate with developmental delay. The Journal of Pediatrics
  • According to a survey of nearly 4,000 people in Pennsylvania, autistic people interact with the justice system as victims, witnesses, and suspects of crime. Spectrum published a special report on this experience a year ago. Crime & Delinquency
  • Clinical sequencing of the entire exome can help remove diagnostic uncertainties in people with rare diseases. Journal of Laboratory Medicine
  • Researchers are using optogenetics in mice to detect neuronal changes that underlie memory formation. STAT
  • Three in four parents of autistic children think they should control access to their child’s genetic risk information. European Journal of Human Genetics
  • The eating habits of autistic people appear to affect the microbial population in their bowels. The scientist
  • Training, which involves singing and typing target words on a screen, appears to promote language and language learning in autistic children who speak Mandarin, a tonal language. Journal for language, language and hearing research

Science and society

  • Stanford University psychiatrist Lawrence Fung – who has an autistic son – has started a job agency that trains both autistic job seekers and hiring managers. Stanford Medicine
  • A Connecticut-based YMCA has agreed to revise its childcare policy under the supervision of the US Department of Justice to improve access and housing for autistic children under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Westport News
  • Whole genome sequencing in clinical settings, supported by the UK’s National Health Service, has helped diagnose disorders that exome sequencing could not identify. STAT
  • Two bioethicists are discussing whether brain organoids should be used in research when these cell cultures have the potential to support consciousness. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
  • President Joe Biden has elected Robert Califf to head the US Food and Drug Administration pending Senate approval. STAT

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