Tracking how roundworms crawl has enabled scientists to determine that many autism genes are involved in sensory processing and learning.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
The largest autism sequencing study to date implicates 99 genes in the condition — but nearly half have a tighter link to intellectual disability or developmental delay.
Boys with autism have smaller heads, are shorter and weigh less at birth than typical children do — but all that changes by age 3.
Mutations in the gene PTEN that are tied to autism may be less harmful than those linked to a syndrome characterized by benign tumors.
Male monkeys that avoid touching, grooming or playing with others have low brain levels of the hormone vasopressin.
Families need more support from researchers in order for their heroic efforts to be optimally effective.
The activity of a set of proteins in the blood may distinguish people with autism from those without the condition.
Decoding distortions in the brain’s largest nerve tract could lay bare basic problems with long-range neural connections in autism.
Researchers are beginning to understand how mutations in a cancer-linked pathway called WNT contribute to autism.