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Luka Garza To Sign A Two Way Contract With Pistons

Former University of Iowa star Luka Garza now has more certainty about his basketball future as the Detroit Pistons have signed him to a two-way contract, according to The Atheltic’s Shams Charania. Garza had an impressive showing in NBA Summer League, averaging 15 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the field and 40 percent from three over…

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Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Holly Stessman

Holly Stessman Assistant professor, Creighton University When Holly Stessman, 35, gets home from a long day of corralling graduate students, she has a second flock to attend to: a pair of chickens of the classic British breed ‘Buff Orpington.’ She got them as day-old chicks just before the start of the pandemic, an ecological tactic for ridding her garden…

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Community Newsletter: COVID-19 and social isolation, camouflaging and first impressions, more on the controversial JADD study

Illustration by Laurène Boglio Hello, and welcome to this week’s Community Newsletter! I’m your host, Chelsey B. Coombs, Spectrum’s engagement editor. The first study that sparked a lot of conversation on social media was about how COVID-19 and social isolation have affected autistic people’s mental health. It was led by Liz Pellicano, professor of educational studies at Macquarie University…

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Molecular overlap links tuberous sclerosis, fragile X

Low in protein: Shank2 protein levels (red) are decreased in cerebellar cells from mice lacking TSC1. Brain cells from the cerebellums of mice that model tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) show dampened protein levels, according to a new study. The affected proteins’ levels are controlled by FMRP, the protein missing in people with fragile X syndrome — a result that…

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Q&A with Brenda Finucane: Building pipelines for genetic tests for autism

Missed opportunity: Few autistic people undergo genetic testing, despite recommendations from experts that they do so. SDI Productions / iStock Brenda Finucane Associate director, Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute at Geisinger When Brenda Finucane began her work as a genetic counselor, she and her colleagues had few DNA testing tools at their disposal. They mainly relied on karyotyping, which…

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