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June 2017
Week of JuneJun
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2017
News / Spotted

Fever finding; neuronal cookbookery; CRISPR’d unicorns; mining 23andMe

by  /  16 June 2017

The evidence linking autism and maternal infections grows, special neuron recipes are in development, a CRISPR pioneer envisions unicorns, and 23andMe delivers empathy data.

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November 2016
An illustration of two grandmothers conversing in front of a genealogical tree, suggesting ancestry and a history of autism in the family.
Features / Deep Dive

What grandmothers can teach scientists about autism’s inheritance

by  /  9 November 2016

Women who have raised a child with autism may be well-positioned to spot subtle signs of the condition in their grandchildren. A new study puts their powers to good use.

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May 2016
News

Social gaze patterns strikingly consistent between identical twins

by  /  14 May 2016

Identical twins, who have virtually the same genetic material, show highly similar patterns of eye movements when looking at faces, suggesting that social gaze is hardwired.

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February 2016
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Fruhling Rijsdijk: Tapping twins for autism

by  /  9 February 2016

Studying large numbers of fraternal and identical twins may help tease apart genetic and environmental contributors to autism.

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October 2015
News

One form of immune gene tracks with autism traits

by  /  21 October 2015

A variant in a gene that regulates immune responses is more common in children with autism than in those without this disorder.

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News

Twin study unearths clues to role of environment in autism

by  /  8 October 2015

Researchers in Sweden are assembling a large group of identical twin pairs, with only one twin in each pair having autism.

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August 2015
News / Toolbox

Quick questionnaire could help busy doctors spot autism

by  /  12 August 2015

A questionnaire that clinicians can administer in 20 minutes, either in person, by phone or online, correctly distinguishes children with autism from those without the disorder 86 percent of the time.

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May 2015
News

Power of girls to thwart autism shows up in sibling study

by  /  28 May 2015

Children whose older sisters are on the spectrum are at higher risk for autism than are those with affected older brothers, a new study suggests. Younger brothers of children with autism are at greater risk than younger sisters.

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April 2015
News

Genes dwarf environment in autism’s origins, study says

by  /  6 April 2015

The genetic makeup of an individual plays much a bigger role than environmental factors in whether he or she develops autism, according to one of the largest twin studies to date.

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News / Toolbox

New video test assesses toddlers’ subtle social growth

by  /  1 April 2015

A 20-minute test enlists parents in gauging a toddler’s social development by showing them a video of how a typically developing child acts.

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