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Tag: whole-genome sequencing

September 2015

Genetic tests, physical exam forecast autism diagnosis

by  /  17 September 2015

Combining two genetic tests with a physical exam may flag young children at risk for autism years earlier than behavioral assessments do.


‘Ginkgo’ software allows easy comparison of DNA between cells

by  /  16 September 2015

A new tool that charts large DNA duplications and deletions in single cells may help researchers assess the variants’ contribution to autism.

August 2015

Software forecasts effects of mysterious mutations

by  /  26 August 2015

A new computer program predicts the effects of mutations in regions of the genome that control gene expression. Researchers can use the tool, called DeepBind, to gauge whether autism-linked mutations might block the genetic landing strips for regulatory proteins.


Control centers for genes rife with autism-linked DNA blips

by  /  3 August 2015

DNA sequences called enhancers — which boost the expression of genes from within or outside them — are enriched for genetic variants linked to autism, suggests a new study. The finding may help researchers understand how variants outside genes contribute to autism.

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.


Lab-spun spheres reveal common biology in boys with autism

by  /  16 July 2015

Balls of neurons derived from skin cells of four boys with autism show shared alterations in biology and gene expression, researchers reported today in Cell. The findings finger FOXG1, a gene involved in brain development, as a player in autism.

Week of JuneJun

Spotted: Sticking point; embryo ethics

by  /  3 July 2015

California might make vaccines mandatory, and religious figures may weigh in on the genetic engineering of embryos.

June 2015

Startled fish help sound out sensory overload in autism

by  /  8 June 2015

There is some evidence that neural habituation — the process by which neurons get used to sensory stimuli — goes awry in autism. Mutant fish may help us understand the sensory sensitivities that often accompany the disorder, says Alan Packer.


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.

May 2015

Technique decodes gene sequence and activity in single cells

by  /  27 May 2015

A new method simultaneously reveals a single cell’s DNA sequence and which of its genes are turned on.