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Risk genes for autism overlap with those for attention deficit

by  /  25 November 2019
People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may carry certain rare, harmful mutations in many of the same genes as people with autism.
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Modifier genes may enhance or diminish the effects of a mutation linked to autism.

Second ‘hits’ may explain autism mutations’ varied effects

by  /  5 October 2018
People who have a mutation linked to autism plus a second genetic glitch tend to have more severe symptoms than those with the mutation alone.
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Yeast assay illuminates effects of mutations in top autism gene

by  /  1 June 2018
Mutations in the gene PTEN that are tied to autism may be less harmful than those linked to a syndrome characterized by benign tumors.
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Mosaic mutations in sperm point to increased autism risk

by  /  23 October 2017

More than 5 percent of mutations thought to have arisen spontaneously in a child with autism may in fact be inherited.

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Rare autism mutations linked to low intelligence

by  /  20 October 2017

People with autism who have rare, damaging mutations tend to have low scores on intelligence tests.

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