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

July 2019
News

Ultrasensitive blood test may detect autism mutations in utero

by  /  18 July 2019

A blood test can accurately detect whether a fetus carries large mutations of the kind linked to autism, according to pilot-study results.

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Majority of autism risk resides in genes, multinational study suggests

by  /  17 July 2019

About 81 percent of autism risk comes from inherited genetic factors, according to an analysis of more than 2 million children from five countries.

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News

Mutations tied to autism may alter gut function, microbiome in mice

by  /  11 July 2019

Mutations in the autism gene NLGN3 may alter the gut nervous system of mice.

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Family groups, researchers join forces to solve mysteries of autism gene

by  /  10 July 2019

Families of children with mutations in a gene called SYNGAP1 have spurred research into the effects of the mutations on people — and how to treat them.

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News / Toolbox

New approach aids search for genetic roots of complex conditions

by  /  5 July 2019

A new method enables researchers to test algorithms for spotting genes that contribute to a trait or condition.

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June 2019
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News

Timing of autism treatments may be key to their success

by  /  20 June 2019

The timing of treatment is crucial for conditions related to autism — and more so for some conditions than for others.

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News

Autism mutation may disrupt brain structure by disabling mitochondria

by  /  13 June 2019

Mice that lack a segment of chromosome 22 — a mutation associated with autism — have unusually sparse connections between brain regions.

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News / Toolbox

CRISPR advances offer enhancements to gene-editing tool kit

by  /  7 June 2019

New versions of the DNA editor CRISPR enable scientists to turn off specific genes in rats, detect mutations in human tissue and delete segments of the genome.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Evolution of autism genes hints at their fundamental roles in body

by  /  4 June 2019

Genes associated with autism are ancient, and mutations in them have wide-ranging effects on the body, indicating their importance.

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May 2019
News

Gut microbes from autistic children may alter behavior in mice

by  /  30 May 2019

Mice colonized with gut microbes from some autistic boys show behaviors like those of the boys.

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