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The interplay of common, rare variation in autism

by  /  27 June 2017

Autism researchers should ditch the false dichotomy between common inherited variants and much rarer random mutations.

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Chemical tags reveal interplay of genes, environment in autism

by  /  20 June 2017
The landscape of chemical modifications on the DNA of people with autism could reveal clues to the condition and lead to treatments.
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Remembering Isabelle Rapin (1927-2017)

by  /  13 June 2017
Isabelle Rapin, a child neurologist who spent more than 50 years working with people with autism, passed away 24 May at the age of 89.
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Lessons for parents may change autism’s trajectory

by  /  6 June 2017
Coaching parents to provide early social stimulation may improve outcomes for children with autism.

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Family groups play key role in advancing autism research

by  /  27 June 2017

Families need more support from researchers in order for their heroic efforts to be optimally effective.

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Why it’s time to spin autism genes into drug screens

by  /  27 June 2017

Autism researchers’ top priority should be shifting their focus to finding treatments for severe forms of the condition.

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Whole genomes may hold clues to autism, but patience is key

by ,  /  27 June 2017

We finally have access to whole-genome sequences from people with autism. But before we can properly interpret these data, we need to know what we’re looking for.

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Burning debate: What’s the best way to nab real autism genes?

by  /  27 June 2017

How to best use a large volume of data to discover new genetic risk factors for autism is a matter of intense debate, particularly in light of historical challenges.

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Genetics for poets

by  /  27 June 2017

Where do we stand in our understanding of autism genetics — and what major questions remain? A molecular biologist supplies answers in stanzas.

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Book Review: ‘To Siri with Love’ offers provocative look at parenting

by  /  20 June 2017

A new book highlights how parenting children with autism is a lot like parenting anyone: You worry, you obsess and, on many an occasion, underestimate everyone, including yourself.

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New tools strengthen old link between autism, mitochondria

by  /  30 May 2017

Variants of some mitochondrial genes may contribute to autism — in some cases, by teaming up with genes in the nucleus.

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Complex gene interactions in autism offer avenues for treatment

by  /  23 May 2017

Teasing out how genes interact can offer clues to autism’s causes and point to treatment targets.

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My secret to happiness: Lessons from an adult with autism

by  /  16 May 2017

When I was young, I didn’t know I was different from other people. I’ve since learned who I am, about my autism and how I can overcome the challenges of my condition.

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Do the eyes have it? Some adults with autism say ‘no’

by  /  16 May 2017

Artist Leironica Hawkins feels comfortable making eye contact with only some people.

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