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April 2008
Mouse brain images showing fewer Purkinje cells in mothers with virus infection vs control brains.

Experts tease out maternal infection’s link to autism

by  /  29 April 2008

Autism stems from a complex and, so far, baffling interaction of genetic and environmental factors. New research suggests one of those factors may be a pregnant womanʼs immune response to virus infection ― and perhaps to a flu shot.


‘Endophenotypes’ simplify autism’s many features

by  /  24 April 2008

Boys with autism have asymmetrical faces: their forehead and brow is larger and more prominent on the right side of the face than on the left.


Eyes provide insight into autism’s origins

by  /  21 April 2008

The eyes, so goes the ancient proverb, are the window to the soul. Sophisticated machines that track vision suggest that eyes may also be the window to autism.


New techniques promise early diagnosis for autism

by  /  17 April 2008

By the time children reach their third birthdays, their behavior can reliably predict whether they have an autism spectrum disorder.


Mouse model links epigenetics to autism

by  /  14 April 2008

Mice that lack a key regulatory protein known as Mbd1 show autism-like symptoms and could serve as a model for the disorder, according to a study published online on 1 April.


Sibling studies reveal early signs of autism

by  /  4 April 2008

In the past few years, dozens of research groups have begun studying the younger siblings ― or baby sibs, as they are dubbed ― of children with autism to try to pin down the genetic, developmental and behavioral trajectory of autism and its subtypes. Recognizing symptoms early could also lead to earlier diagnoses and intervention.


Experts call for universal fragile X screening

by  /  1 April 2008

Screening for genetic precursors to fragile X syndrome, the most well established genetic risk factor for autism, should be expanded to all women who are pregnant or plan to be, some geneticists say.

March 2008

Restless sleep marks autism disorders

by  /  27 March 2008

For parents of children with autism, bedtime can be a boondoggle.


Unraveling mitochondria’s mysterious link to autism

by  /  24 March 2008

In the past two weeks, autism researchers and advocacy groups have been agog with news that autism could be linked to an extremely rare group of metabolic diseases.


The case for copy number variations in autism

by  /  17 March 2008

Following a series of papers in the past two years, what seems irrefutable is that copy number variations ― in which a particular stretch of DNA is either deleted or duplicated ― are important in autism.