Cells derived from the skin of boys and men with autism share a host of unusual characteristics.
Techniques used in behavioral interventions could help scientists scan the brains of children who have both autism and intellectual disability.
Mini-brains grown from stem cells in culture can reveal the effects of both autism and the Zika virus on early development.
Mice with a mutation in CHD8, the top autism gene, show no signs of any of the condition’s core features.
The first in-depth look at people with alterations in the 1q21.1 chromosomal region reveals a range of features, from problems with fine motor skills to autism.
Mutations in a section of chromosome 16 that is linked to autism have an unexpected effect: They alter the miniscule hairs, or cilia, that adorn the surface of all cells. The findings suggest that problems with these cilia may contribute to autism.
Missing a swath of chromosome 16 with strong ties to autism disrupts proteins crucial for early brain development. The findings open the door to targeted interventions.