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Genes

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

February 2019
News

Drugs that modify gene expression show promise for autism

by  /  28 February 2019

An experimental compound that blocks two enzymes involved in gene expression improves social behavior in young mice.

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Portrait of Ivan Iossifov
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Ivan Iossifov discusses genetic variants linked to autism traits

27 February 2019

Watch the complete replay of Ivan Iossifov discussing the genetic basis of autism’s features.

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News

Four sets of mice call popular autism theory into question

by  /  25 February 2019

An analysis of four mouse models negates certain assumptions underlying the signaling imbalance theory of autism.

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News

Bumper scan of genomes pinpoints inherited risk factors for autism

by  /  25 February 2019

An analysis of DNA from more than 20,000 people with autism identifies 12 regions in the genome that harbor inherited risk factors for the condition.

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News

Mouse models pinpoint effects of top autism gene

by  /  18 February 2019

Two independent sets of mice missing a copy of SETD5, a top autism gene, link the gene to the condition’s traits.

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News

‘Editing’ of RNA may play sizeable role in autism

by  /  14 February 2019

People with autism may show scant activity in a poorly understood molecular process thought to regulate gene expression.

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Gabin and his father at home in Paris.
Features / Deep Dive

Europe’s race to ramp up genetic tests for autism

by  /  13 February 2019

Many countries in Europe are reckoning with the growing demand for genetic tests for autistic people — and the accompanying ethical and scientific considerations.

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News

Analysis pinpoints genes linked to autism, developmental delay

by  /  6 February 2019

An analysis of spontaneous mutations in nearly 11,000 individuals with developmental delay or autism implicates 49 new genes.

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"crystal ball" of genetic prediction
Opinion / Viewpoint

Genetic risk ‘scores’ may help forecast autism diagnosis

by  /  5 February 2019

A count of genetic variants may help predict a person’s risk of various conditions — but its clinical use prompts ethical questions.

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January 2019
Features / Deep Dive

Revelando los secretos del síndrome X frágil en Colombia

by  /  31 January 2019

Una remota ciudad colombiana es el hogar del grupo más grande de personas con síndrome de X frágil. Los científicos están aprendiendo de ellos y tratando de ayudar.

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