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Tag: whole-genome sequencing

April 2018
father and son standing on the beach during sunset

Some mutations tied to autism may be passed down from fathers

by  /  19 April 2018

Some children with autism inherit rare mutations in noncoding DNA from their unaffected fathers.

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March 2018
Neurons from mice missing OTUD7A (right) have fewer spines than do those from controls (left).

Studies pinpoint key gene in region linked to autism

by  /  21 March 2018

A single gene, OTUD7A, may account for most of the features seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 15 known as 15q13.3.

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A section of loosely packed DNA points to genes that a cell is actively turning into proteins.

Map of DNA structure marks autism risk regions

by  /  2 March 2018

A new map of DNA structure highlights sequences that regulate the formation of neurons in the developing brain.

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December 2017

Notable papers in autism research in 2017

by  /  22 December 2017

This year’s list of top papers highlights nuances in the genetics of autism and new leads on early treatment.

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Five hot topics in autism research in 2017

by  /  22 December 2017

We waded through the sea of autism studies published in 2017 and spotted several themes.

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October 2017
Medical practitioner marking blood sample.

Mosaic mutations in sperm point to increased autism risk

by  /  23 October 2017

More than 5 percent of mutations thought to have arisen spontaneously in a child with autism may in fact be inherited.

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Week of OctoberOct
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Cannabis candidate; omega add-on; oxytocin control and more

by  /  6 October 2017

A cannabis gel may ease features of fragile X syndrome, omega fatty acids show promise for autism in two trials, and oxytocin reinforces social behaviors through the brain’s reward pathway.

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Two children sitting at a garage sale table.

Scan of whole genomes ties regulatory regions to autism risk

by  /  4 October 2017

Children with autism may have an excess of spontaneous mutations in DNA that controls the expression of autism genes.

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September 2017

Parental age ups rate of new mutations passed to children

by  /  20 September 2017

Men and women both transmit an increasing number of new mutations to their children as they age.

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August 2017
A family holding hands and walking down the sidewalk.

Whole genomes may power search for autism risk factors

by  /  23 August 2017

Scientists this week announced the release of nearly 7,000 whole-genome sequences from a collection of families that each have one child with autism.

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