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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: GWAS

May 2017

What makes a gene an autism candidate? Not everyone agrees

by  /  11 May 2017

Whether a gene should be considered a ‘novel candidate’ for autism depends not just on whether it’s been linked to the condition before, but on the strength of that link.

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March 2017

New method taps family trees for clues about conditions

by  /  10 March 2017

Asking participants in genetic databases about their family’s medical history can help researchers uncover genetic variants tied to conditions such as autism.

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January 2017

Autism brains bear telltale pattern of chemical tags

by  /  12 January 2017

The brains of many people with autism may exhibit a characteristic arrangement of chemical groups on the proteins that DNA coils around.

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December 2016

Map of brain’s DNA loops holds clues to autism genetics

by  /  8 December 2016

A new chart of DNA’s three-dimensional structure reveals genomic regions that control distant genes during development.

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November 2016

Large postmortem brain study unearths clues to schizophrenia

by  /  3 November 2016

A massive collection of brain tissue reveals common genetic variants that influence gene expression in the brain.

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October 2016
Week of OctoberOct
17th
2016

Clinical conundrum; double data; mission control

by  /  21 October 2016

Some say a focus on basic neuroscience is crushing clinical research, a gene database gets a big upgrade, and Autism Speaks revises its goals.

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Week of OctoberOct
10th
2016

Rett reflections; supplement scare; gender studies

by  /  14 October 2016

It’s been 50 years since the first description of Rett syndrome, a hodgepodge of supplements sickens a boy with autism, and gender stereotypes make it hard to spot girls on the spectrum.

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June 2016

DNA typo tracker uncovers glitches in gene regulation

by  /  8 June 2016

A new tool allows researchers to identify thousands of genome errors in dozens of people at once.

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April 2016
Week of AprilApr
25th
2016

Colossal quest; life edit; building skills

by  /  29 April 2016

Genetics giant Craig Venter wants to sequence 2 million genomes, CRISPR pioneer Emmanuelle Charpentier just wants to work, and the online building game Minecraft helps people with autism socialize.

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New atlas of gene regulators shows effects of variants

by  /  20 April 2016

A new online tool reveals how different types of DNA sequences work together to regulate gene expression.

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