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

December 2020
Stylized DNA molecule
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Mutations in the same exon linked to similar autism traits

by  /  17 December 2020

People with autism who carry DNA variants in the same protein-coding region of a gene have more similar cognitive abilities and behaviors than those who carry mutations in different regions of the same gene.

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Approximately 24 month old twin girls, one of them reaching for something.
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Genes’ influence on social behaviors shifts with age

by  /  14 December 2020

Some social behaviors associated with autism are heritable, but the extent to which genes and the environment influence these behaviors changes as a child grows.

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Mutated cells in mouse embryos--the mutations are seen in pink
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Autism genes affect development of neurons and glia

by  /  11 December 2020

Researchers have devised a new way of seeing how gene mutations affect cells during development.

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Paper DNA with one torn base to signify a point mutation.
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Analysis links 98 genes to neurodevelopmental conditions

by  /  10 December 2020

Genetic sequences from nearly 53,000 people with autism, developmental delay or intellectual disability reveal strong ties to 98 genes.

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Global map of 17,800 human proteins.
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Proteome map identifies more than 90 percent of all human proteins

by  /  9 December 2020

Researchers expand on the already enormous progress made on the Human Proteome Project

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Cells transporting NCKAP1 protein in and out of nucleus
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Rare variants tied to neuronal migration, autism traits

by  /  4 December 2020

Many people with mutations in the NCKAP1 gene have autism or autism traits, according to a new study spanning seven countries.

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Brain images color-coded to show structural changes in autism.
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Gene expression maps reveal origins of brain changes from autism mutations

by  /  4 December 2020

A new study pinpoints the genes and cell types that may underlie the atypical brain structure seen in people with genetic conditions linked to autism.

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stock image shows a color coded DNA sequence
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Catalog details sex differences in gene expression, regulation

by  /  2 December 2020

Researchers expand a massive repository of data on gene activity in people to show differences between males and females.

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November 2020
Brain diagrams showing connectivity within different regions.
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Gene mutations point to overlaps in brain connectivity for autism, schizophrenia

by  /  30 November 2020

People who have large mutations associated with autism and schizophrenia share atypical patterns of brain connectivity, according to a new study, especially between areas that process sensory information.

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Young zebrafish have transparent skin, which allows researchers to track the movements of glowing beads of excrement through their gut.
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Zebrafish and ‘Smurf cakes’ link autism gene mutation to digestive woes

by  /  24 November 2020

Mutations in a top autism gene called SYNGAP1 slow the rate at which zebrafish digest food and pass waste, and may also disrupt gut function in people.

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