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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: bioinformatics

April 2018

For accurate results in autism, genetic databases need diversity

by ,  /  10 April 2018

We must diversify databases of reference DNA to improve our ability to interpret the consequences of genetic variation.

March 2018
a row of colorful mice standing close together

Statistical errors may taint as many as half of mouse studies

by  /  15 March 2018

Neuroscientists are sounding the alarm about ‘pseudoreplication,’ a widespread practice that studs the literature with false results.

November 2017
Stack of filing boxes with papers going from one to another.

Registry for autism-linked syndrome spurs new research

by  /  2 November 2017

Nine U.S. clinics are pooling their data to create a registry of people who have an extra copy of a region on chromosome 15 called 15q11-13, a genetic abnormality often found in people with autism.

October 2017
A new resource charts the locations of two types of chemical modifications to chromosomes (top, middle) and gene expression changes (bottom) in brain tissue.

Databases describe DNA ‘dials’ that control gene expression

by  /  20 October 2017

Two new resources catalog how genetic variants affect gene expression in the brain.

August 2017

Scan of ‘missense’ mutations marks new suspects for autism risk

by  /  9 August 2017

A large study of minute mutations in people with developmental conditions, including autism, has uncovered 200 potential risk genes.

May 2017

Novel approach digs up drugs that can do double duty

by  /  26 May 2017

A new method uses genetic clues to uncover new uses for existing medications.

April 2017

Enigmatic chemical tag is altered in autism brains

by  /  17 April 2017

An understudied chemical modification that influences gene expression is abundant in the brains of people with autism.


Analysis winnows list of mutations tied to autism

by  /  6 April 2017

As many as one in three rare mutations seen in people with autism may have nothing to do with the condition.

March 2017

Portable method profiles gene expression in single cells

by  /  31 March 2017

A new technique offers a fast, versatile way to measure gene expression in thousands of cells at once.


Tool narrows search for elusive protein structures

by  /  17 March 2017

A new computer program can predict the 3-D structure of proteins at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.