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Tag: SNPs

May 2019
A mother taking her two children to school

Genetic background may alter effect of autism mutations

by  /  4 May 2019

A person’s genetic makeup can ease or worsen the effect of mutations linked to autism.

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A DNA helix showing common and rare variants

The multiple hits theory of autism, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

Researchers are studying how a combination of genetic ‘hits’ may contribute to autism’s diversity.

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February 2019

Analysis pinpoints genes linked to autism, developmental delay

by  /  6 February 2019

An analysis of spontaneous mutations in nearly 11,000 individuals with developmental delay or autism implicates 49 new genes.

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January 2019
illustration shows woman under umbrella, with genes falling like rain

Expliquer la résilience à l’autisme peut faire naître de nouvelles thérapies

by  /  18 January 2019

This article is also available in anglais. Il y a quelques années la mère d’un jeune autiste m’a téléphoné. Elle venait d’apprendre que son fils, qui était dans la vingtaine, avait une délétion de SHANK3, l’un des gènes qui, d’après les découvertes de mon équipe, subit une mutation chez certaines personnes autistes. Cette nouvelle m’a […]

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Method unravels Rett mutation’s effects on specific brain cells

by  /  11 January 2019

A new technique may reveal how mutations on the X chromosome alter various types of cells in the brain.

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December 2018
Brain images

Large U.K. database reveals links between genes and brain function

by  /  21 December 2018

A newly expanded database of information from people in the United Kingdom provides a detailed picture of genetic diversity.

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November 2018
Large group of different lab mice: white mice, black and white mice and light brown mice, all in a cage on wood chips.

Database compares protein function across dozens of mouse strains

by  /  23 November 2018

A new resource details the protein-coding portions of the genomes of 36 popular mouse strains.

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October 2018
Two children picking mushrooms in a field.

Genetics plays outsized role in autism, large study shows

by  /  15 October 2018

Autism is more heritable than anorexia, alcohol dependence, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to an analysis of data from nearly 4.5 million people.

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DNA helix with two mutations glowing blue on the helices. Rebecca Horne

Study links subset of genetic variants to autism, intellectual disability

by  /  3 October 2018

Genetic variants across the genome contribute to about 8 percent of the risk for certain developmental conditions — much more than previously thought.

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September 2018
A collage of a DNA helix with two of the bars showing a different color. by Rebecca Horne

Control of gene expression alters impact of autism mutations

by  /  27 September 2018

Variants that control gene expression are often involved in whether a mutation ends up being harmful, and how harmful it is.

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