Subsets of neurons lacking a gene called RAI1 contribute to Smith-Magenis syndrome, a rare condition related to autism.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Mutations in one of the strongest autism candidate genes may block the proliferation of neurons during development.
A gene that has strong ties to autism controls the expression of many other autism candidates.
Researchers are beginning to understand how mutations in a cancer-linked pathway called WNT contribute to autism.
Mice with a mutation in CHD8, the top autism gene, show no signs of any of the condition’s core features.