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Genes

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

June 2017
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

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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News

Mutant monkeys mimic features of autism, Rett syndrome

by  /  19 June 2017

Monkeys with a mutation in the Rett syndrome gene, MeCP2, have social difficulties and repetitive behaviors.

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News / Toolbox

Light-based method choreographs activity of brain circuits

by  /  16 June 2017

A new technique lets scientists monitor and manipulate groups of neurons that communicate with a specific chemical messenger.

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News

Maternal infection may alter neuronal signals, connections

by  /  9 June 2017

Pups born to pregnant mice infected with a mock virus are known to show changes in their immune system. These effects may in turn impair proper brain signaling, according to results presented Saturday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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News / Toolbox

CRISPR hack unearths gems buried in ‘dark genome’

by  /  9 June 2017

Tweaks to the CRISPR gene-editing system allow researchers to spot stretches of DNA that regulate gene expression.

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News / Toolbox

Wriggling worms yield clues to correcting autism mutations

by  /  2 June 2017

Monitoring the movements of worms can point to potential treatments for autism.

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May 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

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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News

Smoking during pregnancy may up autism risk in grandchildren

by  /  29 May 2017

A woman who smokes while pregnant may increase autism risk in her daughter’s children.

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News / Toolbox

Novel approach digs up drugs that can do double duty

by  /  26 May 2017

A new method uses genetic clues to uncover new uses for existing medications.

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