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Genes

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

September 2018
Two zebrafish swimming.
News / Toolbox

Blind dates for zebrafish reveal ‘social’ cells in brain

by  /  21 September 2018

A new behavioral test in zebrafish may help researchers zero in on the biology of social interactions.

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News

Molecular master may stifle assembly of many autism proteins

by  /  20 September 2018

A new study reveals a ‘master regulator’ of many of the hundreds of genes linked to autism.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Janine LaSalle describes gene-environment interactions in autism

19 September 2018

Watch the complete replay of Janine LaSalle discussing gene-environment interactions and autism.

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DNA twisting in black space
News / Toolbox

Two tools speed the search for mutations in whole genomes

by  /  14 September 2018

Software to identify genetic variants, along with a new synthetic human genome, could help scientists discover mutations associated with conditions such as autism.

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Loss of large proteins underlies fragile X syndrome, study says

by  /  13 September 2018

The protein missing in fragile X syndrome, FMRP, facilitates the production of hundreds of unusually large proteins, some of which are linked to autism.

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Artwork shows a flock of birds flying inside the head of a boy.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How a ‘pacemaker’ for the brain could ease autism traits

by  /  4 September 2018

Looking at the brain as a whole suggests that nudging flawed sets of neurons to collaborate better might alleviate autism traits.

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August 2018
Neurons glow green in a mouse brain.
News / Toolbox

New tool triggers gene expression in select neurons in rodents

by  /  31 August 2018

Injecting a virus toting snippets of RNA into the rodent brain enables researchers to express genes in specific neuron types.

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Two scientists standing in a lab.
News / Profiles

Family ties: Sabatini brothers crack codes that may underlie autism

by  /  30 August 2018

David and Bernardo Sabatini, brothers born just a year and a half year apart, invent their way to answering big questions about autism.

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Microscopic images from the eye of a fly.
News

Mutant flies reveal key gene interactions within autism deletion

by  /  20 August 2018

The absence of several interacting genes may underlie the developmental problems seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 16.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Journal club: Rare genetic variation in brain conditions

6 August 2018

Watch the complete replay of this journal club, which featured a paper exploring rare genetic variation in psychiatric conditions, including autism.

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