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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: epigenetics

May 2017

Smoking during pregnancy may up autism risk in grandchildren

by  /  29 May 2017

A woman who smokes while pregnant may increase autism risk in her daughter’s children.


Complex gene interactions in autism offer avenues for treatment

by  /  23 May 2017

Teasing out how genes interact can offer clues to autism’s causes and point to treatment targets.

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April 2017

Enigmatic chemical tag is altered in autism brains

by  /  17 April 2017

An understudied chemical modification that influences gene expression is abundant in the brains of people with autism.

March 2017

Muting X chromosome silencers may serve as remedy for Rett

by  /  30 March 2017

Manipulating pathways that help silence the X chromosome may help treat Rett syndrome, a condition closely related to autism.


Parental origin may alter gene copies’ expression in brain

by  /  13 March 2017

Some neurons preferentially express the copy of a gene inherited from one parent over the other.

October 2016

Banned toxins in mothers’ blood tied to autism risk

by  /  3 October 2016

High levels of chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls in a pregnant woman’s blood may raise the risk of autism in her child.

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September 2016

Mutations tied to autism rife in ‘junk’ DNA

by  /  9 September 2016

More than one-third of the spontaneous mutations linked to autism crop up in genomic segments that do not code for genes.

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August 2016

Probes light up curves of individual chromosomes

by  /  26 August 2016

A new method reveals how chromosomes curl within the confines of a cell's nucleus.

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

Analyses of gene activity may yield clues to roots of autism

by ,  /  28 June 2016

Network analyses of gene expression patterns may point to key molecular pathways that autism alters and suggest new ways of treating the condition.