Spectrum: Autism Research News
American Society of Human Genetics 2021
Community Newsletter: Twitter dispatches from the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting
In this week’s Community Newsletter, we highlight online conversations about the conference’s technology foibles and scientific tours de force.
Subset of autism cases linked to mutations in noncoding genome
Autism involves mutations in noncoding portions of the genome in at least 3 percent of people with the condition. The mutations occur in regions that help regulate known autism-linked genes.
Autism-linked genetic variants increase, decrease intelligence
Common and rare variants in or near autism-associated genes can have opposite effects on cognition.