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

May 2011

Molecular mechanisms: Autism candidate recycles neurotoxin

by  /  4 May 2011

An autism-associated gene variant of glyoxalase 1, or GLO1, leads to the buildup of a compound that is toxic to neurons, according to a study published 12 April in Autism Research.

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Unequal rights

by  /  3 May 2011

Things are getting better for women in science, but we are still far from a world in which gender is irrelevant.

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Family support group urges brain donations for research

by  /  2 May 2011

Family support groups may be the best messengers to convey the urgent need for brain tissue in autism research, say scientists struggling with inadequate resources.

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April 2011

Genetics: Autism inherited from healthy parents

by  /  29 April 2011

Two rare, unlikely and inherited mutations in the same gene may together have contributed to a case of autism, according to a study published 23 March in Molecular Psychiatry. The results suggest that the gene, DIAPH3, is a new candidate for autism risk.

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Autism candidate gene implicated in social deficits

by  /  28 April 2011

Mutations in a protein called GRIP1, important for the function of synapses — the junctions between neurons — may contribute to social deficits in autism, researchers reported 22 March in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Cognition and behavior: Brain response to faces could signal autism

by  /  27 April 2011

At 12 months of age, infant siblings of children with autism have a brain response to unfamiliar faces that is characteristic of typical children at a younger age, according to a study published 26 March in Brain Topography. This developmental delay could be used as an early biomarker for autism.

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Odd men out

by  /  26 April 2011

Animal research hints that sex hormones may be responsible for the gender bias in autism. More research is needed in people to back this up, says a new review.

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Molecular mechanisms: Mice lacking MET have strong brain connections

by  /  26 April 2011

Mice missing the autism candidate gene MET have connections in the cortex that are twice as strong as those in controls, according to a new study.

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Sudden deaths in autism and epilepsy baffle researchers

by  /  21 April 2011

A mysterious cluster of sudden deaths among young people who had a genetic syndrome is drawing attention to the high rate of unexplained deaths in individuals with autism and epilepsy.

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Researchers make neurons from people with schizophrenia

by  /  20 April 2011

Researchers have taken skin cells from individuals with schizophrenia, bathed them in chemical cocktails and coaxed them to develop into neurons, according to a paper published 13 April in Nature.

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