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Tag: autism

May 2008

Mapping diversity

by  /  1 May 2008

When scientists initially talked about how genetically diverse people are, they focused on SNPs, which are sequence differences of a single base.

April 2008

Academy of fear

by  /  29 April 2008

Yesterday, the National Academy of Sciences held its annual meeting in Washington D.C. and as the topic for its public symposium, chose autism ― one more indication that autism is firmly on the front-burner for scientists and the public.

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.


Protecting your genes

by  /  25 April 2008

You might soon be able to get your hands on a copy of your entire genome for $1,000. But until yesterday, there was no law in sight to prevent others from using your DNA against you.

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‘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.


Brave new world

by  /  22 April 2008

Chat with any scientist at a conference or over coffee, and theyʼre free with their opinions, about their own work or their colleaguesʼ.


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.

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Unwelcome gifts

by  /  15 April 2008

Something wicked this way comes ― and aptly, enough, from the United Kingdom.


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.