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Tag: GWAS

April 2013

Shared genetic risk

by  /  30 April 2013

A large study identifying common genetic variations that contribute to five different psychiatric disorders, including autism, sheds light on the disorder’s genetic architecture, says Benjamin Neale.

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January 2013

Genetics: Schizophrenia risk factors uncommon in autism

by  /  29 January 2013

A group of genetic variants that are linked to schizophrenia do not seem to be associated with autism, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B.

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December 2012

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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October 2012

Feral monkeys may help find genes for fragile X traits

by  /  16 October 2012

A research colony of feral monkeys may help scientists study how genetics contributes to complex social behaviors in fragile X syndrome, according to unpublished research presented Monday at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.

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Common variants, en masse, may add up to strong autism risk

by  /  15 October 2012

Individually, common genetic variants confer little risk for autism. But taken together, they may contribute significantly, predicts a statistical analysis published 15 October in Molecular Autism.

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September 2012

Insights for autism from Williams syndrome

by  /  18 September 2012

Studying the well-characterized Williams syndrome could help researchers understand autism and discover new therapeutic targets, says Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg.

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Postmortem brains crucial for autism research

by ,  /  4 September 2012

Postmortem brains from individuals with autism allow researchers to look at patterns of gene expression in different cell types, and to understand the interplay among neurons and neural circuits, says Dan Arking.

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July 2012

Expression data links gene candidates to autism

by  /  11 July 2012

Identifying genetic variants that affect the expression of other genes can enhance traditional gene association analyses and highlight candidate risk factors for autism, according to a study published 16 May in Molecular Autism.

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May 2012

Chromosome exchanges reveal new autism-related genes

by  /  3 May 2012

Large-scale swapping of genetic material between chromosomes may play an important role in autism, according to a study published 27 April in Cell.

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April 2012

Giant imaging study identifies genes that govern brain size

by  /  19 April 2012

The largest brain imaging study ever performed has identified candidate genes that influence brain size and general intelligence, according to research published 15 April in Nature Genetics.

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