As treatments for some autism-linked genetic conditions inch closer to the clinic, researchers are talking more urgently about screening all newborns for such conditions.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Mutations in any of 10 autism-linked genes in frogs lead to the same overabundance of brain cells that develop into neurons; the sex hormone estrogen lowers this excess.
Mutations in two genes linked to autism and intellectual disability boost the immune response and cause synapse dysfunction.
A new autism mouse model carries the same mutation in a gene called ADNP that is seen in autistic people.
Parents of children with rare autism-linked mutations are banding together for support and to join forces with scientists, accelerating the pace of research.