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03 November 2010
Vol 2, Issue 56

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ONLINE COVER At Risk for Autism. Brain imaging studies reveal how the connections between brain regions differ from person to person. People with one particular variant of a cell-surface, developmental protein are at greater risk for autism. As shown by Scott-Van Zeeland et al., they also have fewer connections from an area in the frontal lobe to language-related regions in the temporal lobe, farther back in the brain. This pattern of brain wiring may put these individuals at risk for cognitive disorders, particularly those with language deficits. [CREDIT: A. A. SCOTT-VAN ZEELAND/UCLA]