Illustration by Laurène Boglio
This week we are back with tweets that are not related to the first personal gathering International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) for more than three years, which ended a week ago yesterday. Well, for the most part. Some conference guests on social media still lament the spread of COVID-19 at the meeting.
News of post-INSAR positive cases – almost a “mathematical certainty,” according to Micheal Sandbankassistant professor of special education at the University of Texas at Austin – got her to write a thoughtful 19-thread tweet about conference planning with COVID-19 as “an enduring reality. “
# INSAR2022 is over, and unfortunately, but predictably, several participants discover that they have received COVID. We need to talk about conference security and conference planning in a future where COVID is an enduring reality. Along ???? 1 / n
– Micheal Sandbank (@MichealSandbank) May 16, 2022
The tweet even includes a link to instructions for doing a do-it-yourself Corsi-Rosenthal box to filter the air – a cunning transition from your standard conference preparation.
It’s big: filters the air! You can build an efficient air filter quite cheaply with a box fan, duct tape and merv-13 air filters. Instead of printing a ton of programs, put all the schedule / abstracts online and use the money to build CR boxes 14 / n https://t.co/fhONgIGpQK
– Micheal Sandbank (@MichealSandbank) May 16, 2022
“THIS. I’m still a little sad lack of precautions and breach of public health. @AutismINSAR we can do and plan better to protect our community, ”he wrote Kristen LyallAssociate Professor at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a quote tweet.
THIS. I still shake a little at the lack of precautions and disregard for public health. @AutismINSAR we can do and plan better to protect our communities. It is not about individual preferences or risk. Masking would have been an easy thing for anyone to do to reduce the spread. https://t.co/sYF3tagVYY
– Kristen Lyall, ScD (@lyallk) May 17, 2022
I encourage everyone to share their thoughts with INSAR directly and not via Twitter.
– Alycia Halladay (@AHalladayASF) May 17, 2022
Two days after Halladay’s tweet, INSAR sent a statement to attendees in person, acknowledging that “unfortunately, we have been notified by a few attendees that they tested positive for COVID-19 after the event.”
Autism scientists on Twitter are still trying to quantify just that what “a few” means.
I think “a few contestants” is code for “it was a fucking super spreader, but whatevs” # INSAR2022
Note: still negative here! pic.twitter.com/eYISdkoqDm
– ??????????????????????? ??????????????????????? (@DrLaurenBishop) May 19, 2022
The autism-linked gene PTEN appeared in another popular series of tweets this week. Christine MayrAssociate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, wrote a thread about her new paper who investigates effects of amplifiers on the gene. By deleting an endogenous PTEN amplifier, she and her team demonstrated that amplifiers – believed to increase mRNA levels via boosted transcript production – also “regulate poly (A) site cleavage activity to control expression of alternative 3 ‘mRNA transcripts. UTRs. “
Enhancers are known to increase mRNA levels. It is often assumed that this happens through increased transcription production. We deleted an endogenous amplifier of PTEN. We found that they also regulate poly (A) site cleavage activity and alter expression of alternative 3’UTRs. pic.twitter.com/glzBb1djL1
– Christine Mayr (@Mayr_Christine) May 17, 2022
Robert Flighta senior researcher at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, made the observation that although experimentally derived rules are translated to explain “how &% * # happens across systems “in other sciences, biology serves something a little different:” haha hold my beer while I break these assumptions! “
Any other science: Look at these experimentally derived rules from one example that governs how &% * # happens across systems.
Biology: haha hold my beer while I break these assumptions! https://t.co/SOyzhg28pL
– Dr. Robert M Flight (@rmflight) May 17, 2022
That Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS), too tweeted about new work this last week documenting “correlations between 6-month brain networks which can support error-based learning and later ASD-associated behaviors. “
A new paper from the Zoe Hawks documents observed associations between 6-month brain networks that may support error-based learning and later ASD-associated behaviors, suggesting promising avenues for future theoretically informed studies of ASD.https://t.co/ssNkMX8JTC
– IBIS Network (@ibis_research) May 17, 2022
Spectrum covered two other new sets of results that draw on IBIS data presented at INSAR last week.
That’s it for this week’s community newsletter! If you have suggestions for interesting social posts you saw in the autism research sphere, feel free to email [email protected].
Cite this article: https://doi.org/10.53053/DAJU2861