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

August 2020
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Blood lipid levels may be altered in some autistic people

by  /  10 August 2020

About 6.5 percent of autistic people in the United States also have dyslipidemia, a condition characterized by abnormal lipids levels in the blood.

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Probe of DNA ‘repeats’ reveals new potential autism genes

by  /  10 August 2020

Repeating bits of the genome may be responsible for nearly 3 percent of the genetic architecture of autism.

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Studies unravel diversity of traits tied to chromosome 16 mutations

by  /  3 August 2020

Two new analyses help to explain why mutations to the chromosomal region 16p11.2 can lead to autism, intellectual disability or language difficulties.

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July 2020
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Autism genes may play key role in development of amygdala

by  /  27 July 2020

Nearly all genes with moderate to strong ties to autism are expressed in the developing amygdala; a few show altered expression in the amygdalae of autistic people.

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Some motor problems in autism may arise from cells outside brain

by  /  20 July 2020

The autism gene SHANK3 is crucial for the development and function of muscles and the motor neurons that control them.

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Autistic people with rare mutation may have unique brain anatomy

by  /  17 July 2020

Brain structure of autistic people with deletions in the chromosomal region 22q11.2 differs from that of autistic people without the deletions.

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Selective enzyme blocker eases fragile X traits in mice

by  /  10 July 2020

A new treatment prevents seizures and improves memory in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome, according to a new study.

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Scores forecast effects of mutations in autism gene

by  /  8 July 2020

A new analysis links individual mutations in a gene called PTEN to a person’s odds of having autism, cancer or other conditions.

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Fine-tuning brain activity reverses memory problems in mice with autism mutation

by  /  6 July 2020

Dampening overactive brain circuits alleviates social and memory problems in a mouse model of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

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June 2020
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Study links gene to inherited form of autism

by  /  25 June 2020

Mutations in both copies of a gene called ACTL6B lead to autism, epilepsy and intellectual disability.

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