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Tag: de novo mutations

November 2017

Journal club: Exploring treatments for Rett syndrome

 /  11 December 2017

Watch the complete replay of this journal club, which featured two papers that explore therapies for Rett syndrome.

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Week of NovemberNov
13th
2017

Adult assessment; fragile therapy; neuron nirvana and more

by  /  17 November 2017

An interview for diagnosing adults on the spectrum clears its first hurdle, a fragile X drug eases multiple features of the syndrome in a mouse model, and a brain bank chronicles the beautiful diversity of neurons.

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October 2017
Medical practitioner marking blood sample.

Mosaic mutations in sperm point to increased autism risk

by  /  23 October 2017

More than 5 percent of mutations thought to have arisen spontaneously in a child with autism may in fact be inherited.

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Mother and daughter practicing writing.

Rare autism mutations linked to low intelligence

by  /  20 October 2017

People with autism who have rare, damaging mutations tend to have low scores on intelligence tests.

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Two children sitting at a garage sale table.

Scan of whole genomes ties regulatory regions to autism risk

by  /  4 October 2017

Children with autism may have an excess of spontaneous mutations in DNA that controls the expression of autism genes.

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September 2017

Parental age ups rate of new mutations passed to children

by  /  20 September 2017

Men and women both transmit an increasing number of new mutations to their children as they age.

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Illustration of DNA in cross stitch pattern

Sizeable fraction of autism risk traced to ‘mosaic’ mutations

by  /  14 September 2017

Mutations that appear in only some of the body’s cells contribute to autism in about 4 percent of people with the condition.

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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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Week of SeptemberSep
4th
2017

Face learning; mosaic inheritance; nosy scientists and more

by  /  8 September 2017

A monkey study suggests facial recognition is not innate, a puzzle piece symbol carries negative connotations, and scientists are using a federal law to snoop on colleagues.

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Week of AugustAug
28th
2017

Boyish looks; popular pseudoscience; older fathers and more

by  /  1 September 2017

Masculinized features help define children with autism, online autism-parent forums spread pseudoscience, and the United States has more older fathers than ever.

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