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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: de novo mutations

July 2016

‘Science junkie’ bets big on autism’s environmental origins

by  /  18 July 2016

Jill Escher is on a mission to spur research into how chemicals in the environment may influence risk for autism.

June 2016

The treasures of monkey island

by  /  22 June 2016

On Cayo Santiago island, scientists track the alliances and power struggles of a colony of feral monkeys — collecting data to generate new insights into the social challenges that people with autism face.

May 2016

Mutations that arise in aging sperm add little to autism risk

by  /  23 May 2016

The mutations that men accumulate in their sperm as they age don’t account for most of their increased risk of having a child with autism.

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Long autism genes may fracture when cells divide

by  /  9 May 2016

Many of the genes implicated in autism are unusually long — a feature that leaves them susceptible to breaking during cell division.

April 2016

‘Silent’ mutations may contribute to autism, schizophrenia

by  /  29 April 2016

Mutations in genes that seemingly don’t affect the corresponding proteins may still boost autism risk.


Webinar: Brian O’Roak discusses the accelerating pace of autism genetics

 /  27 April 2016

Watch the complete replay of Brian O’Roak discussing the accelerating pace of autism genetics and new methods for identifying and validating autism risk genes.


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.

March 2016

Questions for Thomas Bourgeron: In search of ‘second hits’

by  /  1 March 2016

Taking a close look at people who have a mutation in a known autism gene may reveal why these people often have vastly different characteristics.

January 2016

Rising star: Brian O’Roak brings ‘A’ game to autism genetics

by  /  21 January 2016

Brian O’Roak has helped to steer some of the largest, most complex studies of autism genetics to date.