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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: gene networks

June 2015

Body clock genes may set pace for sleep issues in autism

by  /  19 June 2015

People with autism are twice as likely to carry alterations in genes that regulate the circadian clock, or the body’s sleep-wake cycle as those without the disorder. The findings may help explain why most children with autism have trouble with sleep.


Atlas charts gene activity in developing monkey brains

by  /  10 June 2015

Researchers have for the first time mapped gene expression in the rhesus macaque brain from birth through adulthood. The atlas illuminates the expression patterns of genes likely to be important in autism.

May 2015

Mathematical method may flag potential autism genes

by  /  20 May 2015

A new mathematical method confidently ranks genes based on their likely impact in a disorder. The approach may help researchers home in on important autism genes.

April 2015

Researchers spell out steps to authenticate cell lines

by  /  22 April 2015

A new method for labeling cell lines and checking their quality could improve the validity of study results.


Coding trick tracks gene expression in single cells

by  /  15 April 2015

A new technique allows researchers to trace the location and measure expression levels of hundreds of genes in individual cells. The method, described 9 April in Science, could reveal networks of genes with relevance to autism.

February 2015

Web of autism genes untangles slowly

by  /  20 February 2015

A new study maps the many targets of the autism gene TBR1, but it’s just one small piece of a much bigger picture.


Kathryn Roeder reviews statistical tools for autism

 /  18 February 2015

Watch the complete replay of Kathryn Roeder’s webinar discussing how powerful statistical tools can yield insight into the genetic risk for autism.

January 2015

Small snippets of genes may have big effects in autism

by  /  22 January 2015

Small pieces of DNA within genes, dubbed ‘microexons,’ are abnormally regulated in people with autism, suggests a study of postmortem brains.

December 2014

Notable papers of 2014

by  /  22 December 2014

It’s no easy feat to whittle down the list of the most influential autism papers to a mere 10. So please consider this but a taste of the burgeoning field, presented in chronological order and based on suggestions from many researchers.


Editors’ picks: Our favorite stories from 2014

by  /  22 December 2014

This year was full of big headlines in autism research. But the biggest stories aren’t necessarily the best — here are some gems you may have missed over the year.