Special Reports Curated collections of articles on special topics in autism.
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In this series of articles, we explore how clinical genetics is giving families long-sought answers and transforming autism care. The first story, “Why genetic testing matters for autistic people,” explains some of the factors that limit the availability of genetic tests in the United States. The second story, which we will publish on 13 February, tracks European efforts to reckon with growing demand for genetic tests from parents. As a number of countries scale up the tests they offer, their experiences might offer practical lessons to others. The troves of data they collect could also help scientists link more genetic variants to autism. The third installment in the series, slated to come out in April, will report on the power of family groups — growing numbers of which are coalescing around rare genetic mutations — to drive research.

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James at his home in Salt Lake City

Why genetic tests matter for autistic people

by  /  30 January 2019

Genetic tests for people with autism are far from routine and don’t always yield results, but the information they offer can change lives.

Gabin and his father at home in Paris.

Europe’s race to ramp up genetic tests for autism

by  /  13 February 2019

Many countries in Europe are reckoning with the growing demand for genetic tests for autistic people — and the accompanying ethical and scientific considerations.

DNA helix

How family groups are driving autism science

17 April 2019

The results of genetic tests often lead families to others with the same mutations, amplifying the information available for research. Coming April 2019.