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    The Autism Puzzle: What the Weizmann Institute is Doing to Solve It

    The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children has autism, and identifying its complex causes is difficult. Fortunately, Weizmann Institute researchers are approaching autism from a number of fresh directions – such as smell and light – in order to piece together its puzzle and develop new means of early diagnosis and better therapies.

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    Reaction to Smells May Help Diagnose Autism, Study Suggests

    <em>The New York Times</em> reports on new research from Prof. Noam Sobel's olfaction lab, where scientists found that a simple smell test can identify autistic children with 81% accuracy. The more impaired the child, the slower their reaction to unpleasant smells. The team hopes the test – which requires only breathing – can be used as an early diagnosis method.

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    Mice in a ""Big Brother"" Setup Develop Social Structures

    How does a social animal gain dominance over its fellows? With a unique setup, Weizmann scientists were able to closely study mice living in almost-natural conditions and observe regulation of social behavior, including selection of a leader. This work could also provide insight into the social aspects of schizophrenia and autism.

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    Science on the Brain

    Weizmann Institute and New York University scientists are collaborating in their explorations of the inner workings of the brain, leading to new knowledge and possibly new therapies.&nbsp;

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    Science Tips, January 2015

    Three updates from the the Weizmann Institute: Japan and Israel combine forces to advance brain research; new findings show that autistic brains are nonconformist; Peruvian schools adopt Weizmann's <em>Blue Planet</em> science education curriculum.

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    Imaging Study Finds Unique Brain Patterns Among Autistic

    PsychCentral covers new research showing that autistic brains have unique synchronization patterns. It had been previously noted that the brains of autistic persons had under- and over-connectivity, but this work goes deeper. The distinction could help diagnose autism spectrum disorders earlier, and even lead to new treatments.

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    Fellowship Awarded Via Video from Israel

    The Weizmann Institute's Dr. Tali Kimchi, an expert in animal behavior, received the 2012 Gruber Award for Scientific Excellence. In a ceremony in St. Thomas, Patricia Gruber presented the award via video hook-up between Israel and the University of the Virgin Islands.

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    Shining New Light on the Mysteries of the Brain

    Dr. Ofer Yizhar is a cutting-edge young scientist in a cutting-edge young field: optogenetics, the use of light to study the brain. Now at the Weizmann Institute, he was part of the Stanford lab that developed optogenetics. The <em>San Diego Jewish Journal</em> reports on a Weizmann event in San Diego where Dr. Yizhar discussed his work and his love of neuroscience.