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Tag: common variants

July 2019

New approach aids search for genetic roots of complex conditions

by  /  5 July 2019

A new method enables researchers to test algorithms for spotting genes that contribute to a trait or condition.

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May 2019
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What the ‘broad spectrum’ can teach us about autism

by  /  15 May 2019

The relatives of autistic people often have mild traits of the condition. Studying these family members could broaden our understanding of autism.

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Genetic background may alter effect of autism mutations

by  /  4 May 2019

A person’s genetic makeup can ease or worsen the effect of mutations linked to autism.

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The multiple hits theory of autism, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

Researchers are studying how a combination of genetic ‘hits’ may contribute to autism’s diversity.

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March 2019

New maps plot hot spots of diversity across human genome

by  /  29 March 2019

A pair of maps that depict variation in the human genome may help reveal the genetic roots of autism.

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Spectrum Stories: The benefits of genetic testing in autism

by  /  18 March 2019

Finding a mutation linked to autism traits can have life-changing consequences for autistic individuals and their families.

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February 2019
Portrait of Ivan Iossifov

Webinar: Ivan Iossifov discusses genetic variants linked to autism traits

27 February 2019

Watch the complete replay of Ivan Iossifov discussing the genetic basis of autism’s features.

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Bumper scan of genomes pinpoints inherited risk factors for autism

by  /  25 February 2019

An analysis of DNA from more than 20,000 people with autism identifies 12 regions in the genome that harbor inherited risk factors for the condition.

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'crystal ball' of genetic prediction

Genetic risk ‘scores’ may help forecast autism diagnosis

by  /  5 February 2019

A count of genetic variants may help predict a person’s risk of various conditions — but its clinical use prompts ethical questions.

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January 2019
Portrait of boy with autism

Why genetic tests matter for autistic people

by  /  30 January 2019

Genetic tests for people with autism are far from routine and don’t always yield results, but the information they offer can change lives.

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