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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: Simons Simplex Collection

April 2016

How to mine treasure troves of genetic data

by  /  5 April 2016

Collaboration and transparency will be key as scientists sort through thousands of whole genomes of people with autism for genetic clues.

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December 2015

U.S. aims to overhaul ethics rules for research with people

by  /  17 December 2015

The proposed guidelines would require scientists to destroy biological specimens if they don’t have the explicit consent of the participant for further use.

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New database holds clues to severe end of autism spectrum

by  /  2 December 2015

A new collection stores genetic and behavioral information about children with autism in inpatient psychiatric units.

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November 2015

Some genetic repositories may put private details at risk

by  /  5 November 2015

An online portal designed to give researchers easy access to genomic data may unwittingly reveal some sensitive information.

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October 2015

Sequencing studies sharpen focus on key autism genes

by  /  1 October 2015

Two studies prioritize autism risk genes for further research and illuminate how different types of mutations may work together.

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July 2015

Intricate DNA flips, swaps found in people with autism

by  /  20 July 2015

A surprisingly large proportion of people with autism have complex chromosomal rearrangements that were missed by conventional genetic screening.

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June 2015

Some behavioral problems in autism may stem from poor health

by  /  11 June 2015

Many children with autism have gastrointestinal problems, seizures and sleep disorders. A new study suggests that these seemingly disparate conditions are interconnected and may lead to the children’s behavioral issues.

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Boys with autism inherit mutations from unaffected mothers

by  /  1 June 2015

Rare inherited mutations may contribute to autism in roughly 10 percent of boys with the disorder, according to a study published 11 May in Nature Genetics. These genetic glitches are primarily passed down from unaffected mothers.

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February 2015

Maternal infection exacerbates genes’ effect on autism

by  /  23 February 2015

Children with too many or too few copies of certain genes are more likely to have autism, as are children born to women who battled a severe infection while pregnant. These seemingly disparate risk factors may work together to worsen autism symptoms.

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December 2014

Notable papers of 2014

by  /  22 December 2014

It’s no easy feat to whittle down the list of the most influential autism papers to a mere 10. So please consider this but a taste of the burgeoning field, presented in chronological order and based on suggestions from many researchers.

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