A new technique illustrates how mutations associated with autism affect gene expression at different stages of development in the fly brain.
Rare or common, inherited or spontaneous, mutations form the core of autism risk.
People who carry risk factors for autism but do not have the condition tend to have slightly fewer children than average, and have them later in life.
A large study of minute mutations in people with developmental conditions, including autism, has uncovered 200 potential risk genes.
Researchers have debuted two mouse models of autism made using the gene-editing tool CRISPR. Both strains lack one copy of CHD8, a gene with strong ties to autism.
A small study suggests that baby teeth may afford a way to explore environmental risk factors for autism.
A new method can help researchers and clinicians gauge the likelihood that a gene is associated with a particular condition.
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.
Autism runs in families, but the search for inherited risk factors has come up short — until now.
The tendency of people with autism to not make eye contact is rooted in genetics, suggests a study of identical and fraternal twins.
Genes are bigger contributors to autism features than are environmental factors, according to a study of nearly 39,000 twins.
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