Two new analyses help to explain why mutations to the chromosomal region 16p11.2 can lead to autism, intellectual disability or language difficulties.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
A new wireless device switches oxytocin-producing neurons on and off in mice as they interact, showing the hormone’s effects depend on social context.
Researchers and clinicians need fast, effective tools to measure quality of life in autistic people.
Nearly two dozen autistic people or their caregivers in 19 countries told Spectrum how the initial weeks of the pandemic have challenged and changed them.
The relative contributions of genetic and environmental factors to autism have held steady over multiple decades, according to a large twin study.
Older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism, but this connection is not straightforward.
People with autism have more brain-related health problems, such as headaches and epilepsy, than typical people do.
A child’s environment exerts a strong influence on the severity of her autism, a study of identical twins suggests.
The question of autism’s heritability is compelling for researchers and laypeople alike, but many people in both groups misunderstand its definition.