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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: copy number variation

September 2016
evolution of humankind

Questions for Evan Eichler: An evolving theory of autism

by  /  6 September 2016

A gene that raises the risk of autism in some people may also give humans an evolutionary boost.

August 2016

Autism risk region arose during human evolution

by  /  11 August 2016

Humans may be uniquely prone to rearrangements of chromosome 16 that lead to autism, according to preliminary results presented Saturday at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in San Diego.

July 2016

Mutated DNA loops make strange neighbors

by  /  11 July 2016

Too many or too few copies of a segment of chromosome 16 alters the three-dimensional organization of DNA, and affects hundreds of related genes.

June 2016

Aberrant gene doses disrupt ‘optimal’ brain architecture

by  /  27 June 2016

Too few or too many copies of a genetic region linked to autism produce similar effects on intelligence and social skills but opposite effects on brain structure.

April 2016

DNA flips and swaps ‘scramble’ genes linked to autism

by  /  14 April 2016

Most methods used to scan the genome are missing thousands of complex variants that alter DNA structure and may contribute to autism risk.

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How to mine treasure troves of genetic data

by  /  5 April 2016

Collaboration and transparency will be key as scientists sort through thousands of whole genomes of people with autism for genetic clues.

February 2016

Clever strategy recreates large DNA changes linked to autism

by  /  25 February 2016

In a feat of genetic engineering, researchers have found a way to recreate DNA duplications and deletions in human stem cells.


Webinar: Sébastien Jacquemont on gene variants’ ties to autism

 /  24 February 2016

Watch the complete replay of Sébastien Jacquemont discussing cognitive, behavioral and neural changes underlying the link between genes and conditions such as autism.

Week of FebruaryFeb

Embryo editing; race debate; microbial makeover

by  /  5 February 2016

A scientist gets permission to edit the genomes of human embryos, and researchers argue that it’s time to leave race out of genetic studies.

January 2016

DNA from mothers more prone to autism-linked glitches

by  /  18 January 2016

An autism-linked rearrangement on chromosome 16 often occurs on the copy of the chromosome inherited from the mother.