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Girls & autism: It can be subtle, or absent for some at risk

Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition.

University of Missouri

Missouri linebacker Michael Scherer’s status remains uncertain, defense talks adjustments

Missouri senior linebacker Michael Scherer hasn’t officially been ruled out for Saturday’s game against Kentucky, but first-year coach Barry Odom was coy about the results of a weekend MRI on Scherer’s injured right knee. It seems unlikely that Scherer, who spent the weekend on crutches, or sophomore defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr., who also suffered a knee injury against Middle Tennessee, will be available, forcing a struggling Tigers defense to adjust.