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Spotted around the web: Fragile X registry, glycine channel blocker, motor issues

by  /  18 December 2020

December 14th

Research roundup

  • Duplications or deletions of the gene KDM4C appear to be linked to autism and schizophrenia. Translational Psychiatry
  • Autistic children with social-communication problems and repetitive behaviors have an elevated likelihood of also having motor impairments. Autism Research
  • Women who have preeclampsia during pregnancy have an increased chance of having an autistic child. Current Opinion in Psychiatry
  • A light-sensitive molecule enables researchers to mute signals relayed through certain types of glycine receptors in mouse brains. eNeuro
  • For people with developmental disabilities, the risk of contracting or dying from COVID-19 may depend on their residential setting. Disability and Health Journal
  • When throwing a ball, autistic adults tend to wind up more than non-autistic adults, according to a small study. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

Science and society

  • The U.S.-based National Fragile X Foundation has launched a registry for adults with the fragile X premutation to make it easier for them to contribute to research and participate in clinical trials. Fragile X News Today
  • The U.S. National Institutes of Health ‘All of Us’ project, which sequences genomes from U.S. residents, has begun sending genetic information back to participants. National Institutes of Health
  • The European Commission may soon be the largest funder to require sex and gender analyses in research studies. Nature
  • The Autism Society of America has joined with other disability organizations to call for people with developmental disabilities to be prioritized for getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Autism Society
  • A new program aims to develop better medical-school training on the needs of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Disability Scoop

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