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Tag: simplex families

July 2012

Geneticists join forces for autism sequencing push

by  /  16 July 2012

Researchers have launched an effort to yoke together disparate gene sequencing projects in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., aiming to double the number of known autism-related genes in the next three to four years.

May 2012

Defects in carnitine metabolism may underlie autism

by  /  10 May 2012

A genetic defect in the synthesis of carnitine, a molecule that is essential for proper mitochondrial function, might slightly increase risk for autism in some children, according to research published 8 May in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

April 2012

Hundreds of genes involved in autism, sequencing studies say

by  /  4 April 2012

The largest set of exome sequencing studies of children with autism and their families to date has identified a handful of genes that may increase risk of the disorder, according to research published in Nature.

January 2012

Effect of paternal age seen in girls with autism

by  /  19 January 2012

Children, especially girls, with autism who have older fathers are more likely than those with younger fathers to be the only child with the disorder in their family, according to a new study published 16 December in Autism.

November 2011

Motor problems key feature of autism, family study suggests

by  /  21 November 2011

In families that have at least one child with autism, significant motor impairments crop up in most children with the disorder and hardly any of their unaffected siblings, according to a study published 19 October in Autism.


‘Outlier’ genes expressed differently in people with autism

by  /  13 November 2011

Individuals who have autism show distinct patterns of gene expression in neurological pathways compared with their unaffected siblings, according to unpublished work presented Saturday at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Autism tests struggle to balance accuracy and speed

by  /  8 November 2011

Two studies published in the past month highlight the challenges in balancing the accuracy of autism diagnosis with cost-effectiveness and speed.

October 2011

Clinical research: Parents share some autism traits

by  /  4 October 2011

Individuals who have multiple children with autism have more severe social and communication deficits than either controls or those who have only one child with autism.

September 2011

Genetics: Exome study finds new autism-linked mutations

by  /  16 September 2011

Researchers have identified autism-linked mutations using a technique that can detect deletions or duplications of DNA spanning a single gene.


Ambitious U.K. project set to sequence 10,000 genomes

by  /  15 September 2011

The largest and most ambitious genome-sequencing project to date aims to identify rare variants and study their association to disease traits in 10,000 people.