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Genes

Rare or common, inherited or spontaneous, mutations form the core of autism risk.

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Patent on autism genetic test may stifle science

by  /  17 May 2018
A patent on variants in an autism gene is unlikely to hold up in court, but may still hinder research, some experts say.
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Study challenges theory that protein surplus underlies fragile X

by  /  16 May 2018
Many people with fragile X syndrome show average rates of protein production, challenging a long-held assumption about the condition.
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Girls with autism at high risk of sexual abuse, large study says

by  /  14 May 2018
Many women with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder report having been sexually abused as a child.
May 2018
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Autism, developmental delay can have distinct genetic origins

by  /  11 May 2018

Mutations in certain genes contribute specifically to autism, and others only to developmental delay.

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Analysis of sequences pegs 99 top autism genes

by  /  10 May 2018

The number of top autism genes has risen from 65 to 99, based on an analysis of nearly 35,000 sequences. And researchers are seeing the first hints of autism risk variants in the regions between genes.

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Hunt for autism variants between genes comes up empty

by  /  7 May 2018

To find variants between genes that contribute to autism, researchers may need thousands more whole genomes than they have now.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Journal club: Rescue of social deficits in autism mouse model

23 May 2018

Register for the next Spectrum journal club, featuring Zhen Yan, who will discuss a paper describing the rescue of social deficits in a SHANK3 mouse model.

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April 2018
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Autism syndrome involves constellation of medical issues

by  /  30 April 2018

Mutations in a gene called ADNP lead to a syndrome that includes autism, intellectual disability and problems with the gut, eyesight, heart and brain.

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CRISPR goes wild, and scientists debate its fidelity

by  /  30 April 2018

The gene-editing tool CRISPR may cause thousands of off-target mutations, but critics say it’s way too soon to accuse it of infidelity.

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News / Toolbox

Web-based tools reveal mutations’ effects on proteins

by  /  27 April 2018

Two new online resources help researchers predict how mutations alter protein structure.

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Opinion / Q&A

Autism genes assign starring role to support cells in brain

by  /  24 April 2018

Genes linked to autism are critical to the development of star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, suggesting a key role for the cells in the condition.

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Map of DNA variation identifies key genetic regions

by  /  20 April 2018

A new analysis of the genomes of more than 11,000 people reveals regions that have few mutations, indicating they have important functions.

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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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