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

April 2019
Hands on background of microarray and other genetic information
News

Genetic testing for autism, explained

by  /  10 April 2019

No genetic test can say whether a person has autism, but it may point to a cause for the condition or for any related complications.

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children playing at a genetic family group meeting
Features / Deep Dive

How families are driving the study of autism genes

by  /  10 April 2019

Parents of children with rare autism-linked mutations are banding together for support and to join forces with scientists, accelerating the pace of research.

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Illustration of a human fetus in a screening test
News

Prenatal sequencing for some autism genes may soon be available

by  /  10 April 2019

Two new studies point to the possibility of detecting autism mutations before birth — along with all the ethical and logistical problems that may bring.

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human making connections
Opinion / Viewpoint

Sharing genetic results can advance autism science, medical care

by ,  /  9 April 2019

People with autism and their families can be important partners in understanding the genetics of autism by agreeing to share their genetic data.

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DNA
News

Repeats of certain DNA segments may align with autism severity

by  /  3 April 2019

Certain repeated stretches of DNA that are linked to the expansion of the primate brain may also enhance autism traits.

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March 2019
News / Toolbox

New maps plot hot spots of diversity across human genome

by  /  29 March 2019

A pair of maps that depict variation in the human genome may help reveal the genetic roots of autism.

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Human embryo editing
News

Prominent scientists call for ban on human gene editing

by  /  25 March 2019

A group of the world’s leading geneticists is calling for a moratorium on the editing of DNA in human embryos.

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News

Faulty mitochondria may fuel features of fragile X syndrome

by  /  14 March 2019

Problems with the minute ‘factories’ that yield energy for cells — the mitochondria — may contribute to learning problems and other traits of fragile X syndrome.

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Three views of a lab monkey
News / Toolbox

Mutant monkey clones could aid study of autism

by  /  8 March 2019

Scientists have created five monkey clones, all carrying an edit to a specific gene.

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February 2019
News

Drugs that modify gene expression show promise for autism

by  /  28 February 2019

An experimental compound that blocks two enzymes involved in gene expression improves social behavior in young mice.

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