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Genes

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

November 2018
News

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.
News

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.
News

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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Study links changes in blood flow to autism

by  /  7 November 2018

Mice with an autism-linked deletion in chromosome 16 show abnormalities in their blood vessels and circulation.

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Illustration shows Austria lagging behind Germany--doctors and researchers are taking bigger steps in Germany.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How Austria can restore its status as a center of autism research

by  /  6 November 2018

Austria must train more autism specialists, expand its research funding and build more centers for autism diagnosis and treatment.

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Neurons glow green in mice brain.
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Loss of autism gene alters landscape of inhibitory brain signals

by  /  6 November 2018

Mice lacking one copy of a leading autism gene have hyperexcitable brains and problems with learning and memory.

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Roundworm roundup may reveal function of autism genes

by  /  6 November 2018

Tracking how roundworms crawl has enabled scientists to determine that many autism genes are involved in sensory processing and learning.

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Rett marmoset model made with CRISPR has its debut

by  /  5 November 2018

Scientists used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to create two marmosets lacking MECP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome.

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Tiny lad mouse on a gloved hand.
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New mouse model shows brain effects of autism gene

by  /  4 November 2018

Mice lacking one copy of a gene linked to autism are small and show striking changes in the number and quality of their cries.

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