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Tag: Simons Simplex Collection

July 2017

Large study shines spotlight on ‘mosaic’ mutations in autism

by  /  19 July 2017

About 8 percent of non-inherited mutations in people with autism occur in only some of the body’s cells, according to a study of 20,000 people.

June 2017
Week of JuneJun

Rogue poop; ancestral autism; travel limbo and more

by  /  30 June 2017

A Tampa clinic goes rogue with fecal transplants, autism’s genetic ancestry traces to our deep past, and the U.S. Supreme Court revives the travel ban.

March 2017

Rare autism mutations linked to distinct sets of features

by  /  29 March 2017

Children who carry certain rare mutations linked to autism learn to walk late — but have less severe social and language difficulties than do other children with the condition.


Test paints quick picture of intelligence in autism

by  /  24 March 2017

A picture-based test is a fast and flexible way to assess intelligence in large studies of people with autism.

November 2016

Rising star: Vanessa Bal traverses fine work-life balance

by  /  14 November 2016

Parent, partner and professional — the need to fulfill all of these roles at once complicates Vanessa Bal’s life.


Autism tied to mutations in gene that polices proteins

by  /  13 November 2016

A gene that keeps protein production in check is mutated in some people with autism.

October 2016

‘Synonymous’ mosaic mutations may up autism risk

by  /  20 October 2016

A type of mutation long thought to be harmless has turned out to play an unexpected role in autism.

A mutation in a human-specific DNA

Autism risk may originate in stretches of uniquely human DNA

by  /  6 October 2016

Mutations in certain newly evolved stretches of the genome may play a role in autism, although some experts are skeptical of this theory.

September 2016
Week of SeptemberSep

Sounding out ultrasounds; name game; geek gathering

by  /  9 September 2016

A tie between first-trimester ultrasounds and autism severity is tenuous at best, misnamed genes litter the literature, and neuroscientists enjoy their version of summer camp.

May 2016

Diagnostic manual may need to separate repetitive behaviors

by  /  14 May 2016

A detailed analysis of the behavior of 6,500 children suggests that five types of behaviors lumped together in current diagnostic guidelines should each be considered separately.