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Tag: common variants

November 2017
Two mice sniffing one another.

Drug boosts social behavior in mice with deletion tied to autism

by  /  1 November 2017

A drug that has shown promise for treating fragile X syndrome may ease features of another condition associated with autism.

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September 2017
Black and white portraits of Rebecca Lim and Erin Barnard.

Journal club: Mosaic mutations in autism

9 October 2017

Watch the complete replay of this journal club, which featured two papers on mosaic mutations in autism.

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August 2017
A young boy and a young girl hiding behind the kitchen table.

Sibling study bolsters role of common variants in autism

by  /  24 August 2017

Children with autism are genetically more similar to one another than to a group of unaffected siblings.

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Parents sitting in the dark watching TV and nursing a baby.

Genetic risk factors for autism may affect family size

by  /  10 August 2017

People who carry risk factors for autism but do not have the condition tend to have slightly fewer children than average, and have them later in life.

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June 2017
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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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