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

December 2018
DNA helix shows blue spots as mutations.
Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Five hot topics in autism research in 2018

21 December 2018

This year, researchers made big headway on autism’s most perplexing questions.

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Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Notable papers in autism research in 2018

21 December 2018

This year’s list of top papers highlights new dimensions in our understanding of autism genetics and hints at novel treatments.

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Large U.K. database reveals links between genes and brain function

by  /  21 December 2018

A newly expanded database of information from people in the United Kingdom provides a detailed picture of genetic diversity.

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Colombian cluster of fragile X may reveal insights into ‘premutation’

by  /  20 December 2018

Carriers of fragile X premutations in Ricaurte, Colombia, have more medical problems than carriers living elsewhere — and discovering why might yield treatments for the syndrome.

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Massive analysis refines map of autism’s genetic roots

by  /  19 December 2018

The largest genetic analysis of postmortem brain tissue to date has yielded maps of when and where genes related to autism are turned on and off throughout life.

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Analysis spotlights mutations in ‘dark’ regions of the genome

by  /  14 December 2018

Whole-genome scans of nearly 8,000 people link autism to spontaneous mutations in the stretches of DNA that regulate genes.

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Study suggests Rett syndrome doesn’t always arise spontaneously

by  /  13 December 2018

Nearly one in four men who have a daughter with Rett syndrome carry mutations linked to the condition in some of their sperm.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Patricia Braga discusses stem-cell models of autism

12 December 2018

Watch the complete replay of Patricia Braga describing studies of autism involving stem cells.

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Some autism mutations go undetected, new study suggests

by  /  5 December 2018

Some mutations that contribute to autism and arise spontaneously may be mistaken for inherited mutations.

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November 2018
Large group of different lab mice: white mice, black and white mice and light brown mice, all in a cage on wood chips.
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Database compares protein function across dozens of mouse strains

by  /  23 November 2018

A new resource details the protein-coding portions of the genomes of 36 popular mouse strains.

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