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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: common variants

April 2012

Hundreds of genes involved in autism, sequencing studies say

by  /  4 April 2012

The largest set of exome sequencing studies of children with autism and their families to date has identified a handful of genes that may increase risk of the disorder, according to research published in Nature.


Genetics: Rare, common autism variants may function together

by  /  3 April 2012

Researchers have mapped networks of genes expressed at the same time and place in the brain and shown that rare and common autism-linked mutations are likely to function in the same pathways. The results were published 8 March in PLoS Genetics.

February 2012

Clinical research: Autism genes linked to autoimmune disease

by  /  29 February 2012

The genetic risk factors for autism may also increase a person’s risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis of the spine, and decrease the risk of multiple sclerosis, according to a study published 13 December in Translational Psychiatry.


Major errors in genome can be harmless

by  /  27 February 2012

More than 250 genes in the human genome — about one percent of our genes — can be eliminated without serious health effects, according to research published last week in Science.

January 2012

Risky business

by  /  24 January 2012

The genome-wide association study has been the favorite whipping post among some geneticists, but three new reviews come to its defense.

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New resource compiles data on autism-linked genes

by  /  18 January 2012

A new online database provides searchable information for nearly 10,000 genes, variants and chromosomal regions linked to autism. Researchers describe the resource, dubbed AutismKB, in the January issue of Nucleic Acids Research.


Genetics: X chromosome gene linked to autism in males

by  /  18 January 2012

TBL1X, a gene located on the X chromosome, is associated with autism in males but not in females, according to a study published 3 November in Molecular Autism.


Molecular mechanisms: DISC1 variants inhibit neurogenesis

by  /  13 January 2012

Three variants of DISC1, a gene implicated in schizophrenia and autism, may disrupt the formation of new neurons in the brain, according to a study published 17 November in Neuron.

December 2011

Cognition and behavior: Language gene alters brain activity

by  /  7 December 2011

Individuals with autism-linked variants of a language gene use regions in the brain’s right hemisphere, rather than the left, to process language, according to a study published 10 October in The American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B.

November 2011

Measuring monogamy

by  /  18 November 2011

Oxytocin, the so-called ‘love hormone,’ plays a key role in monogamy in rodents, but its association with human relationships is subtle at best.