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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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