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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: common variants

June 2017
Week of JuneJun
26th
2017

Rogue poop; ancestral autism; travel limbo and more

by  /  30 June 2017

A Tampa clinic goes rogue with fecal transplants, autism’s genetic ancestry traces to our deep past, and the U.S. Supreme Court revives the travel ban.

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Genetics for poets

by  /  27 June 2017

Where do we stand in our understanding of autism genetics — and what major questions remain? A molecular biologist supplies answers in stanzas.

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Family groups play key role in advancing autism research

by  /  27 June 2017

Families need more support from researchers in order for their heroic efforts to be optimally effective.

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Why it’s time to spin autism genes into drug screens

by  /  27 June 2017

Autism researchers’ top priority should be shifting their focus to finding treatments for severe forms of the condition.

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The interplay of common, rare variation in autism

by  /  27 June 2017

Autism researchers should ditch the false dichotomy between common inherited variants and much rarer random mutations.

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Burning debate: What’s the best way to nab real autism genes?

by  /  27 June 2017

How to best use a large volume of data to discover new genetic risk factors for autism is a matter of intense debate, particularly in light of historical challenges.

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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.

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Complex gene interactions in autism offer avenues for treatment

by  /  23 May 2017

Teasing out how genes interact can offer clues to autism’s causes and point to treatment targets.

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Common variants, rare mutations combine to shape autism risk

by  /  15 May 2017

Children with autism inherit a greater burden of common genetic variants associated with autism than would be expected by chance. These variants combine with rare, spontaneous mutations to boost autism risk.

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What makes a gene an autism candidate? Not everyone agrees

by  /  11 May 2017

Whether a gene should be considered a ‘novel candidate’ for autism depends not just on whether it’s been linked to the condition before, but on the strength of that link.

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