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Jessica Wright

Senior News Writer, Spectrum

Jessica Wright writes for Spectrum and reports on breaking autism research from conferences around the world. She joined Spectrum in 2010.

Jessica covers all aspects of autism research, but her primary beat is genetics. She has firsthand experience with whole-genome sequencing from her postdoc at Rockefeller University. Her writing has also appeared in Nature and Scientific American.

Jessica has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Stanford University.

September 2016
Crowd sourcing:  A database of genetic variation across thousands of individuals shows that more than 100 mutations thought to be harmful are actually benign. woraput / iStock
News

Huge data-sharing venture lays bare human genetic variation

by  /  8 September 2016

A landmark collection of gene sequences from more than 60,000 people can help researchers spot mutations linked to autism.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Evan Eichler: An evolving theory of autism

by  /  6 September 2016

A gene that raises the risk of autism in some people may also give humans an evolutionary boost.

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Sample cells: Researchers can test potential drugs for fragile X syndrome using stem cells from people with the condition (left) that lack the fragile X protein (green).
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Glowing cells bolster search for fragile X drugs

by  /  2 September 2016

A new genetic trick allows researchers to quickly spot the most promising treatments for fragile X syndrome among thousands of candidate compounds.

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August 2016
Social scans: The ability to identify facial emotion tracks with activity in a brain network associated with daydreaming and self-reflection.
News

Girls with autism show anomalies in ‘daydreaming network’

by  /  18 August 2016

Brain areas that spring to life when a person is at rest are less synchronized in girls with autism than in typical girls.

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Photography by Cristina Pye
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High-profile exits take Yale’s autism center in new direction

by  /  15 August 2016

Following the departure of several of its stars, the Yale Child Study Center is shifting focus to nurture young researchers.

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Autism risk region arose during human evolution

by  /  11 August 2016

Humans may be uniquely prone to rearrangements of chromosome 16 that lead to autism, according to preliminary results presented Saturday at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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Parallel profile: Children with tuberous sclerosis and autism look similar to children with autism alone across a range of skills, such as pointing. Allen Donikowski / Getty Images
News

Rare genetic condition may offer early glimpse of autism

by  /  10 August 2016

Children who have both tuberous sclerosis and autism have features nearly identical to those of children with autism alone.

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Illustration by Michela Buttignol
News

Never mind statistics: Adults with autism may be happy

by  /  4 August 2016

Men with autism who have above-average intelligence may not achieve typical financial and personal milestones — but many are content.

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Tracking trios: Three protein players in autism (left to right, ANK2, SCN2A and GRIN2B) are less abundant in the brains of mice lacking TBR1 (bottom) than in controls (top).
News

New study bolsters theory that autism genes work in networks

by  /  3 August 2016

A gene that has strong ties to autism controls the expression of many other autism candidates.

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July 2016
Illustration by cornelia Li
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Nordahl, Mello: Scans for children with autism

by  /  19 July 2016

Techniques used in behavioral interventions could help scientists scan the brains of children who have both autism and intellectual disability.

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