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

May 2019
Mouse hippocampus view

New method yields maps of gene expression in multiple dimensions

by  /  24 May 2019

An array of minute beads enables researchers to build precise maps of gene expression in the brain.

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Individual cells from the brains of autistic people show distinct gene-expression patterns, and are shown in different colors.

Analysis of single cells implicates set of neurons in autism

by  /  22 May 2019

A set of neurons involved in complex cognitive functions may play a central role in autism.

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Computational Modeling of BRSK2 Missense Variants

Matchmaking site for genes leads scientists to autism candidate

by  /  6 May 2019

A website called GeneMatcher has helped researchers identify a new gene for intellectual disability, developmental delay and autism.

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A mother taking her two children to school

Genetic background may alter effect of autism mutations

by  /  4 May 2019

A person’s genetic makeup can ease or worsen the effect of mutations linked to autism.

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Image of DNA made up of hundreds of tiny images in a mosaic effect.

New algorithm identifies rare mutations in single neurons

by  /  3 May 2019

A new computational method sifts true mutations from spurious ones in a single cell’s genome.

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Young girl sleeping in the bed

Sleep struggles in autistic people may have genetic basis

by  /  3 May 2019

Autistic children may be more likely than their unaffected siblings to carry mutations in genes linked to sleep.

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A DNA helix showing common and rare variants

The multiple hits theory of autism, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

Researchers are studying how a combination of genetic ‘hits’ may contribute to autism’s diversity.

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April 2019
Man's face with eyes looking left.

People’s affinity for social cues is inherited, study suggests

by  /  22 April 2019

Genetics may govern a person’s ability to pay attention to social cues.

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Autism runs in families with history of brain conditions

by  /  15 April 2019

Children in families with a history of brain conditions may be at increased odds of being autistic.

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Hands on background of microarray and other genetic information

Genetic testing for autism, explained

by  /  10 April 2019

No genetic test can say whether a person has autism, but it may point to a cause for the condition or for any related complications.

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