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

December 2018
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Patricia Braga discusses stem-cell models of autism

12 December 2018

Watch the complete replay of Patricia Braga describing studies of autism involving stem cells.

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Microscopic view of spermatozoa
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Some autism mutations go undetected, new study suggests

by  /  5 December 2018

Some mutations that contribute to autism and arise spontaneously may be mistaken for inherited mutations.

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November 2018
Large group of different lab mice: white mice, black and white mice and light brown mice, all in a cage on wood chips.
News / Toolbox

Database compares protein function across dozens of mouse strains

by  /  23 November 2018

A new resource details the protein-coding portions of the genomes of 36 popular mouse strains.

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Top autism gene may rewire brain by altering expression of other genes

by  /  15 November 2018

The autism gene TBR1 controls the expression of several other candidate genes that govern the architecture of the brain’s outer section.

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RNA sequences in yellow and blue.
News / Toolbox

Tool analyzes mysterious set of RNAs for clues to function

by  /  9 November 2018

A software tool finds possible functions for long RNA molecules that aren’t transcribed into proteins.

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Gene expression ‘barcode’ maps cells in brain tissue

by  /  7 November 2018

A new technique transforms the previous broad-brush picture of a brain region into a pointillist masterpiece of neuronal subpopulations associated with specific activities.

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Some autism genes may be especially vulnerable to mutations

by  /  7 November 2018

A small number of autism genes are located in fragile regions of the genome — those prone to breaking when cells copy DNA.

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Toddle boy having his head measured in a medical setting.
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Brain organoid study firmly links autism mutations to RhoA

by  /  7 November 2018

A cellular pathway that helps neurons grow and move during fetal development may drive the changes in head size in some autistic people.

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Artistic interpretation of a neuron in the hippocampus.
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Subset of neurons may underlie brain’s response to experience

by  /  7 November 2018

Experiences may shape the human brain by altering neurons that boost brain activity.

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Two white mice, one on a wheel, sniff noses.
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Infection during childhood may aggravate autism risk from mutation

by  /  7 November 2018

Triggering an immune defense in newborn male mice missing a copy of TSC2, a gene linked to autism, impairs the mice’s social memory.

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