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Genes

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

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Large study shines spotlight on ‘mosaic’ mutations in autism

by  /  19 July 2017
About 8 percent of non-inherited mutations in people with autism occur in only some of the body’s cells, according to a study of 20,000 people.
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Massive collaboration unearths inherited risk factor for autism

by  /  17 July 2017
Autism runs in families, but the search for inherited risk factors has come up short — until now.
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Genetics guides gaze during social interactions, study finds

by  /  12 July 2017
The tendency of people with autism to not make eye contact is rooted in genetics, suggests a study of identical and fraternal twins.
July 2017
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Twin tots reveal autism traits arise mostly from genes

by  /  6 July 2017

Genes are bigger contributors to autism features than are environmental factors, according to a study of nearly 39,000 twins.

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CRISPR goes wild, and scientists debate its fidelity

by  /  5 July 2017

The gene-editing tool CRISPR may cause thousands of off-target mutations, but critics say it’s way too soon to accuse it of infidelity.

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June 2017
Features / Deep Dive

From 0 to 60 in 10 years

by  /  27 June 2017

After a decade of fast-paced discovery, researchers are racing toward bigger datasets, more genes and a deeper understanding of the biology of autism.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

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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Opinion / Viewpoint

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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Autism genetics, explained

by  /  27 June 2017

The more scientists dig into DNA, the more intricate its contribution to autism seems to be. Here, we unravel the complex genetics of autism.

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Genome’s ‘dark’ side steps into spotlight of autism research

by  /  27 June 2017

RNA segments that control when and where genes are expressed may be involved in 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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Opinion / Viewpoint

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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