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

August 2017
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Sibling study bolsters role of common variants in autism

by  /  24 August 2017

Children with autism are genetically more similar to one another than to a group of unaffected siblings.

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Whole genomes may power search for autism risk factors

by  /  23 August 2017

Scientists this week announced the release of nearly 7,000 whole-genome sequences from a collection of families that each have one child with autism.

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Social interactions shape gene expression in fragile X mice

by  /  16 August 2017

Mice missing FMR1, the gene mutated in fragile X syndrome, have an atypical brain response to meeting an unfamiliar mouse.

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Method lights up active genes in fruit fly brains

by  /  11 August 2017

A new technique illustrates how mutations associated with autism affect gene expression at different stages of development in the fly brain.

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Genetic risk factors for autism may affect family size

by  /  10 August 2017

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.

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Scan of ‘missense’ mutations marks new suspects for autism risk

by  /  9 August 2017

A large study of minute mutations in people with developmental conditions, including autism, has uncovered 200 potential risk genes.

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Mice made with CRISPR usher in new era of autism research

by  /  7 August 2017

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.

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Study offers toothy look at environmental risk for autism

by  /  2 August 2017

A small study suggests that baby teeth may afford a way to explore environmental risk factors for autism.

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July 2017
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New method rates strength of ties between genes, conditions

by  /  28 July 2017

A new method can help researchers and clinicians gauge the likelihood that a gene is associated with a particular condition.

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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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