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Spectrum: Autism Research News


Andrea Anderson

Freelance Writer, SFARI

Andrea Anderson is a freelance writer based in New York.
August 2010

Norway baby study expected to yield insights into autism

by  /  20 August 2010

The Autism Birth Cohort, based on data from 100,000 Norwegian children and their families, aims to uncover genetic and environmental factors contributing to the disorder.

April 2010

Researchers probe genetic overlap between ADHD, autism

by  /  22 April 2010

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism may have more in common than childhood onset and a few similar symptoms. New research suggests the conditions share genetic roots.

March 2010

Studies challenge link between premature birth and autism

by  /  8 March 2010

The proposed connection between premature birth and autism may be more complicated than it seems, according to a new report. Early birth may not cause classically defined autism but, rather, may predispose children to autism-like symptoms that are part of a larger syndrome, the researchers say.

November 2009

MeCP2 loss leads to smaller neurons in brain region

by  /  18 November 2009

Deleting MeCP2, the gene that’s mutated in Rett syndrome, alters both the size and function of neurons in the mouse brain — at least in one brain region, the locus ceruleus — according to a 30 September report in the Journal of Neuroscience.


Amygdala found to govern notion of personal space

by  /  13 November 2009

A report in the October issue of Nature Neuroscience says the amygdala — the brain region that controls emotions, as well as the way individuals interpret and respond to social situations and recognize possible threats — governs the preference for personal space.

October 2009

Common mutations in Rett gene alter brain size

by  /  13 October 2009

Small, common variations in MeCP2 can subtly affect brain structure even in normal individuals, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Chromosome 16 changes linked to myriad disorders

by  /  2 October 2009

Small chromosomal changes found in about one percent of children with autism may manifest themselves as different neurological or psychiatric conditions in other individuals, according to a new study by Canadian researchers.

August 2009

New autism risk genes may bolster fetal testosterone theory

by  /  25 August 2009

A team of British researchers has garnered some of the first genetic evidence supporting their theory that sex hormones play a role in the development of autism.

June 2008

Rett syndrome gene is unexpected activator of thousands of genes

by  /  16 June 2008

The gene underlying Rett syndrome has a surprisingly large role in controlling the activity of other genes, according to two recent papers.

May 2008

Music evokes emotion in children with autism

by  /  23 May 2008

Children with autism struggle to understand social and emotional cues from other peopleʼs actions or words: that is one of autismʼs cardinal features, in fact.