The number of top autism genes has risen from 65 to 102, based on an analysis of more than 35,000 sequences. And researchers are seeing the first hints of autism risk variants in the regions between genes.
Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 20 January.
Researchers have monitored the active genome in brain organoids over the course of nearly two years — and may find clues to autism’s roots.
People with autism have more brain-related health problems, such as headaches and epilepsy, than typical people do.
The mutation that causes Angelman syndrome makes neurons hyperexcitable, which may explain the frequent seizures that most people with the syndrome have.
A lack of research on black people with autism makes it difficult for an autistic black woman to survive in the workplace and elsewhere.
Electronic neurons made from silicon mimic brain cells and could be used to treat conditions such as autism.