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Tag: endophenotype

January 2021
organoids in early stages of development.

Organoids show how mutations in top autism gene may lead to brain overgrowth in people

by  /  11 January 2021

The loss of CHD8, a top autism gene, speeds up the production of certain neurons and leads to overgrowth in spheres of cultured brain cells.

October 2020
Mother and child having a conversation in nature.

Traits in mothers may signal gene variants for autism

by  /  16 October 2020

Autistic children’s traits track with subtle, autism-like behaviors in their mothers; women with these traits may also carry a genetic predisposition to the condition.

April 2020
Baby looking up at father's face.

Siblings of children with autism may process faces their own way

by  /  16 April 2020

Children who have autistic older siblings have bigger neural responses than controls do in the brain networks that process faces.

May 2019
Man and woman portraits on a 'family tree'

What the ‘broad spectrum’ can teach us about autism

by  /  15 May 2019

The relatives of autistic people often have mild traits of the condition. Studying these family members could broaden our understanding of autism.

November 2018

Siblings of children with autism may have trouble with motor tasks

by  /  4 November 2018

Siblings of children with autism have motor difficulties similar to those in autistic children, but milder.

February 2018
Genes may partly account for difficulties in processing biological motion.

Movement perception, autism traits may share genetic roots

by  /  19 February 2018

The ability to identify human-like movements is rooted in genetics — and may share those origins with autism traits.

May 2016

Social gaze patterns strikingly consistent between identical twins

by  /  14 May 2016

Identical twins, who have virtually the same genetic material, show highly similar patterns of eye movements when looking at faces, suggesting that social gaze is hardwired.

March 2015

Treatment eases fragile X symptoms in flies, mice

by  /  9 March 2015

Blocking an enzyme involved in learning and memory corrects brain abnormalities and improves memory in fly and mouse models of fragile X syndrome.

November 2014

Questions for Karen Parker: Probing monkey social behavior

by  /  4 November 2014

Like people, monkeys vary widely in their social abilities. Behavioral neuroscientist Karen Parker explains how studying social behavior in monkeys can advance how we understand and treat autism.

October 2014

Studies question link between head circumference, autism

by  /  16 October 2014

Having an enlarged head in early childhood is not a reliable marker of autism, according to two new studies that tracked changes in head and body size in children over time.