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Jessica Wright

Senior News Writer, Spectrum

Jessica Wright writes for Spectrum and reports on breaking autism research from conferences around the world. She joined Spectrum in 2010.

Jessica covers all aspects of autism research, but her primary beat is genetics. She has firsthand experience with whole-genome sequencing from her postdoc at Rockefeller University. Her writing has also appeared in Nature and Scientific American.

Jessica has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Stanford University.

May 2018
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Patent on autism genetic test may stifle science

by  /  17 May 2018

A patent on variants in an autism gene is unlikely to hold up in court, but may still hinder research, some experts say.

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Few parents recognize regression in their children with autism

by  /  12 May 2018

Many children eventually diagnosed with autism lose social skills between 18 months and 3 years of age. But few parents notice this trend.

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Rise in U.S. autism prevalence stems mainly from ‘mild’ cases

by  /  12 May 2018

The bulk of the increase in autism prevalence in the United States between 2000 and 2012 can be attributed to children on the mild end of the spectrum.

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Children with autism have muted fear response

by  /  11 May 2018

Toddlers with autism show less fear when confronted with something scary than do typical children or those with developmental delay.

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Autism, developmental delay can have distinct genetic origins

by  /  11 May 2018

Mutations in certain genes contribute specifically to autism, and others only to developmental delay.

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Wearable sensors may predict aggression in people with autism

by  /  10 May 2018

A small wristband gives caregivers a one-minute warning that an individual with autism is about to become aggressive toward himself or others.

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Analysis of sequences pegs 99 top autism genes

by  /  10 May 2018

The number of top autism genes has risen from 65 to 99, based on an analysis of nearly 35,000 sequences. And researchers are seeing the first hints of autism risk variants in the regions between genes.

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Hunt for autism variants between genes comes up empty

by  /  7 May 2018

To find variants between genes that contribute to autism, researchers may need thousands more whole genomes than they have now.

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April 2018
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New report shows slight uptick in autism prevalence

by  /  26 April 2018

About 1 in 59 children in the United States has autism, according to data released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Altered brain waves may underlie social problems in autism mice

by  /  16 April 2018

Boosting the activity of a class of neurons that dampen brain signals eases social problems in a mouse model of autism.

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