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    Mice Social Structures Highlighted By ""Big Brother""-Like Study

    What can we learn from mice about how we choose leaders? Huff Post Science reports on new Weizmann research in which mice, living in a common house, quickly exhibited behavioral patterns and personalities, with a leader soon emerging. Especially interesting: when the experiment was run with ""autistic-like"" mice, the house remained leaderless.

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    Top 10 Israeli Advances in Autism

    Autism is on the rise worldwide – and while no one yet knows why, Israeli scientists, educators, and others are working hard and fast to unravel the disorder's mysteries. Israel21c surveys the top innovations in this field, including the Weizmann Institute's method for imaging the brains of toddlers to identify autism early.

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    Autism Research at the Weizmann Institute of Science

    More and more children are being diagnosed with autism and related conditions, with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimating that about 1 in 88 children has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Fortunately, Weizmann researchers from a number of disciplines are working together to unravel the mysteries of ASDs.

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    Lighting Up the Mechanisms of Brain Disease

    In Issue No. 47 of Weizmann Views, serendipity leads Dr. Ofer Yizhar to his life’s work: pioneering the remarkable new field of optogenetics. Optogenetics combines optics – the branch of physics concerned with light – and genetics to offer previously unimaginable new ways of studying the brain. Dr. Yizhar's work has particular import for the understanding of autism.

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    Autism and the Smell of Fear

    Autism typically involves the inability to read social cues. We most often associate this with visual difficulty in interpreting facial expression, but new research at the Weizmann Institute of Science suggests that the sense of smell may also play a central role in autism. As reported in Nature Neuroscience, Institute researchers show that people on the autism spectrum have different – and even opposite – reactions to odors produced by the human body. These odors are ones that we are unaware of smelling, but which are, nonetheless, a part of the nonverbal communication that takes place between people, and which have been shown to affect our moods and behavior. Their findings may provide a unique window on autism, including, possibly, on the underlying developmental malfunctions in the disorder.

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    Study: Autism Linked with Different Reactions to Chemical Signals

    While humans aren’t as smell-dependent as many other animals, studies have shown we respond differently to others when they’re emitting certain olfactory signals—even if we can’t consciously detect them. In a study published today in Nature Neuroscience, researchers find that men with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sometimes respond differently to these chemical cues in human sweat than do people without the disorder, indicating that such responses may partly explain the disorder’s symptoms.

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    Autism Affects Ability to Smell Fear, Finds Skydiver Sweat Study

    The lack of ability to “smell fear” may reveal clues about behaviour and brain development in people with autism, according to a new study. We may not be aware of it, but research suggests many people are able to smell fear. In fact, the ability to subliminally detect and respond to odours may relate to a variety of emotions we feel, ranging from happiness to aggression. But in a new study published in Nature Neuroscience, Professor Noam Sobel and collaborators at the Weizmann Institute of Science suggest this ability might be disrupted in people with autism. People with autism often have difficulty processing sensory information.