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Genes

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

May 2017
News

Chromosome 16 mutations augur distinct developmental paths

by  /  25 May 2017

Children missing a stretch of DNA on chromosome 16 show worsening motor and social skills in the first eight years of life; those with an extra copy of the region do not show this decline.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Complex gene interactions in autism offer avenues for treatment

by  /  23 May 2017

Teasing out how genes interact can offer clues to autism’s causes and point to treatment targets.

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News

Infection during pregnancy may alter expression of autism genes

by  /  22 May 2017

A mother’s immune response to a severe infection during pregnancy disrupts the expression of autism genes in her child, a rat study suggests.

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News / Toolbox

Imaging method bares DNA’s twists, folds inside single cells

by  /  19 May 2017

A new type of molecular map reveals the 3-D architecture of the genome in individual cells.

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News

Shared genetic pathways underlie autism, attention deficit

by  /  18 May 2017

A trio of studies make the strongest case to date for shared genetic roots between autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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News

Common variants, rare mutations combine to shape autism risk

by  /  15 May 2017

Children with autism inherit a greater burden of common genetic variants associated with autism than would be expected by chance. These variants combine with rare, spontaneous mutations to boost autism risk.

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News

Persistent motor problems may flag autism in ‘baby sibs’

by  /  14 May 2017

Infant siblings of children with autism who also have the condition show motor problems into their second year.

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News

Patterns of DNA tags mark candidate genes for autism

by  /  13 May 2017

Children with autism who carry mutations in the chromosomal region 16p11.2 or the gene CHD8 — two of the leading risk factors for autism — show distinct patterns of chemical tags on their DNA.

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News

What makes a gene an autism candidate? Not everyone agrees

by  /  11 May 2017

Whether a gene should be considered a ‘novel candidate’ for autism depends not just on whether it’s been linked to the condition before, but on the strength of that link.

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Parents’ ages influence autism traits in general population

by  /  4 May 2017

Children born to parents who are unusually young or old stand an increased chance of having features of autism or other psychiatric conditions.

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