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

November 2010
News

True blood

by  /  1 November 2010

Early data suggest that it is possible to identify autism by looking at gene expression in the blood. But it’s going to take more work to prove it.

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News

Cognition and behavior: Study suggests categories of autism

by  /  1 November 2010

People with autism may belong to one of four distinct categories based on their medical history, according to a study published in the October Autism Research.

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October 2010
News

Genetics: Database of 2,000 families with autism debuts

by  /  29 October 2010

The Simons Simplex Collection (SSC), a database of genetic and clinical information from families that include one child with autism, has gathered data from more than 2,000 different families, researchers report in the October issue of Neuron.

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Opinion

Nature vs. nurture

by  /  29 October 2010

Mice with social behavior deficits reminiscent of autism are friendlier when raised alongside a highly social mouse strain.

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News

Linkage study reveals parent-of-origin effects in autism

by  /  29 October 2010

The first genome-wide linkage analysis of more than 1,200 families has identified regions implicated in autism as originating from either the paternal or maternal copies of chromosomes.

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News / Toolbox

Storing structure

by  /  28 October 2010

The National Institutes of Health on 30 September launched a public database to catalog a particularly important type of genomic data: so-called ‘structural variations’ — large deletions, duplications and rearrangements of DNA.

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News / Toolbox

New technique maps mutation-rich regions

by  /  28 October 2010

Researchers have mapped unique identifiers in the regions around human genes that are at risk for duplication or deletion, allowing precise sequencing of nearly 1,000 genes for the first time, according to a paper published today in Science.

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News

Database groups common concepts in autism tests

by  /  27 October 2010

A searchable new database will greatly ease the task of comparing results from more than 25 diagnostic tests for autism, by creating clusters of the various symptoms measured.

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News

Cognition and behavior: SHANK1 mutant mice do not model autism

by  /  25 October 2010

SHANK1 — a member of a family of proteins linked to autism — does not cause autism-like social deficits when mutated in mice, according to a study published online in September in Brain Research.

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News

Researchers probe linguistic patterns of Williams syndrome

by  /  25 October 2010

Children with Williams syndrome are chatty, have rich vocabularies and love to tell stories. Yet they have trouble learning certain complex rules of grammar, according to a study published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.

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