Tag: whole-exome sequencing

July 2017
News

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.

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Massive collaboration unearths inherited risk factor for autism

by  /  17 July 2017

Autism runs in families, but the search for inherited risk factors has come up short — until now.

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June 2017
DNA inside of human form
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Autism genetics, explained

by  /  27 June 2017

The more scientists dig into DNA, the more intricate its contribution to autism seems to be. Here, we unravel the complex genetics of autism.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Whole genomes may hold clues to autism, but patience is key

by ,  /  27 June 2017

We finally have access to whole-genome sequences from people with autism. But before we can properly interpret these data, we need to know what we’re looking for.

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In race to crack autism’s code, two contenders shoot ahead

by  /  27 June 2017

Two candidate genes have risen to the top, and may help scientists understand what autism really is.

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News

Rare form of regression is distinct from most autism

by  /  1 June 2017

A rare condition marked by a sudden and profound loss of skills is biologically distinct from other forms of autism.

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May 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

New tools strengthen old link between autism, mitochondria

by  /  30 May 2017

Variants of some mitochondrial genes may contribute to autism — in some cases, by teaming up with genes in the nucleus.

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What makes a gene an autism candidate? Not everyone agrees

by  /  11 May 2017

Whether a gene should be considered a ‘novel candidate’ for autism depends not just on whether it’s been linked to the condition before, but on the strength of that link.

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Researchers correct statistical flaw in high-profile paper

by  /  3 May 2017

A February study that tied several new genes to autism contained a large statistical error, according to a report from 14 independent researchers; the original team is working on issuing a correction.

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April 2017
News

Rare mutation linked to autism affects language ability

by  /  24 April 2017

Mutations in a gene called TRIP12 — which is involved in tagging proteins for destruction — can lead to intellectual disability, language delay and autism.

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