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Genes

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

January 2019
Portrait of boy with autism
Features / Deep Dive

Why genetic tests matter for autistic people

by  /  30 January 2019

Genetic tests for people with autism are far from routine and don’t always yield results, but the information they offer can change lives.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Expliquer la résilience à l’autisme peut faire naître de nouvelles thérapies

by  /  18 January 2019
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News

CRISPR studies hint at cell pathways involved in autism

by  /  7 January 2019

A variety of genetic risk factors for autism may disrupt some of the same processes in cells.

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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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News / Toolbox

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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News

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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News

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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News

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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News

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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