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Tag: epigenetics

May 2013
News

Molecular mechanisms: Maternal infection modifies histones

by  /  7 May 2013

Infection during pregnancy may alter the chemical tags that are added to histones, proteins that form a spool for DNA, according to a study published 9 February in Brain, Behavior and Immunity. Drugs that target these tags may treat neuropsychiatric disorders, the researchers say.

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April 2013
Opinion

Abusive inheritance

by  /  16 April 2013

Women who report being abused as children are more likely to have a child with autism, according to a new report from the Nurses’ Health Study, published 20 March in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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March 2013
Opinion

Folic acid’s appeal

by  /  26 March 2013

Folic acid supplements taken early in pregnancy reduce the risk of autism, according to a large Norwegian study published 13 February in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

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News

Changes to children’s study threaten its value, experts say

by  /  7 March 2013

The National Children’s Study, a decade-old effort to track children’s health from birth to age 21, is undergoing radical restructuring to cut costs. The streamlined version of the project has left scientists and autism advocacy groups concerned that the study will not provide the answers they had hoped.

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January 2013
News

Autism symptoms more severe in later-born children

by  /  17 January 2013

In families that have more than one child with autism, children who are born later have lower intelligence scores than their older siblings do, according to research published 11 November in PLoS ONE.

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News

Genetics: Autism mutations alter DNA structure

by  /  9 January 2013

A significant proportion of mutations linked to autism alter proteins that regulate gene expression by modifying the structure of DNA, according to a study published 13 November in Molecular Psychiatry.

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December 2012
News

Genetics: Family of regulatory proteins altered in autism

by  /  21 December 2012

Researchers have identified several harmful autism-linked mutations in a family of proteins that regulate the expression of various genes, they reported 10 October in Autism Research.

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News

Genetics: DNA modification marks autism genes

by  /  12 December 2012

A newly discovered DNA modification may play a role in development and regulate the expression of genes linked to fragile X syndrome and autism, according to a study published 5 October in Human Molecular Genetics.

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News

Genetics: Searching for answers

by  /  6 December 2012

Solving the riddle of autism genetics will require looking beyond the growing list of candidate genes to epigenetics and personalized medicine.

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November 2012
News

Molecular mechanisms: Gene expression differs in autism

by  /  20 November 2012

The brains of individuals with autism express low levels of genes involved in metabolism and protein assembly, according to a postmortem study published 12 September in PLoS One.

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