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Genes

Rare or common, inherited or spontaneous, mutations form the core of autism risk.

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Gene network

New software mines data for autism risk genes

by  /  16 February 2018
An algorithm combs through genetic data to identify variants involved in autism and four other brain conditions.
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Autism shares brain signature with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

by  /  8 February 2018
Gene expression patterns in the brains of people with autism are similar to those of people who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
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Short video of the words "autism" changing to "ADHD"

Decoding the overlap between autism and ADHD

by  /  7 February 2018
Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often coincide, but the search for common biological roots has turned up conflicting evidence.
February 2018
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New databases decode gene expression in brain cells

by  /  2 February 2018

Researchers have generated two new databases that catalog which genes are expressed in specific brain cells.

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January 2018
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Chemical tags on genomes in neurons altered in autism brains

by  /  31 January 2018

Neurons from people with autism may have an unusual pattern of chemical tags that turn genes on and off.

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News

Variant analysis may vastly underestimate heritability of autism behaviors

by  /  29 January 2018

Existing genome scans do not detect many of the DNA variants that underlie behavioral problems.

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Tool tracks brain proteins from infancy to adulthood

by  /  19 January 2018

A new inventory of proteins reveals their levels in seven brain regions from infancy through adulthood.

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News

Sensory sensitivity may share genetic roots with autism

by  /  17 January 2018

The heritable factors that underlie autism may overlap with those that influence unusual sensory responses.

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News

Genetics governs children’s gaze patterns, twin study finds

by  /  3 January 2018

The way children view both social and nonsocial situations may be determined at least in part by their genes.

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Signs of autism emerge early in babies with related condition

by  /  1 January 2018

Infants who have neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition linked to autism, show motor difficulties and communication delays at 10 months of age.

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December 2017
Features / Special Reports / 2017: Year in review

Notable papers in autism research in 2017

22 December 2017

This year’s list of top papers highlights nuances in the genetics of autism and new leads on early treatment.

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Features / Special Reports / 2017: Year in review

Five hot topics in autism research in 2017

22 December 2017

We waded through the sea of autism studies published in 2017 and spotted several themes.

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Features / Special Reports / 2017: Year in review

Quotes of the year

22 December 2017

Our favorite quotes from articles we published this year cover James Bond, mean girls and scientific breakthroughs.

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