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Tag: genetic testing

October 2018
A woman peers through a wall made to look like a genetic sequencing background, through a missing area.

Counseling can ease shock of unexpected genetic results

by  /  23 October 2018

The best way to deliver surprises from genetic findings is to provide adequate information and counseling alongside the results.

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An illustration shows a mosaic-like view of viruses delivering genes to the brain.

Angelman syndrome: Bellwether for genetic therapy in autism

by ,  /  16 October 2018

It is not a matter of whether there will be clinical trials of genetic therapy for Angelman syndrome, but when.

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Juan Pablo Quintero, Sara Quintero, Soledad Quintero, Rosario Quintero, Yeison Quintero, pose for a group portrait in Ricaurte, Valle del Cauca, on July 28, 2018.

Unlocking the secrets of fragile X in Colombia

by  /  10 October 2018

A remote Colombian town is home to the world’s largest cluster of people with fragile X syndrome. Scientists are learning from them — and trying to help.

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September 2018
Three games on a table, bead mazes.

How genetics is revealing rare childhood conditions

by ,  /  21 September 2018

A pioneering project is showing how, 17 years since the first draft of the human genome, our genes are giving up their secrets and bringing hope to parents around the world.

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Rebooting Becky’s brain

by  /  12 September 2018

An electrical brain implant all but erased the obsessions that had consumed Becky Audette, years after her autism diagnosis. Could similar implants help other people with severe autism?

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August 2018

Journal club: Rare genetic variation in brain conditions

6 August 2018

Watch the complete replay of this journal club, which featured a paper exploring rare genetic variation in psychiatric conditions, including autism.

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June 2018

Mutations in autism gene may trigger milder effects than does its loss

by  /  20 June 2018

People with mutations in SHANK3 have milder features than do those missing a chunk of DNA that includes the gene.

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Genetic testing, counseling crucial in people with developmental delay

by ,  /  19 June 2018

Referring children with developmental delay to a clinical geneticist for testing and counseling helps families and advances research.

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Big baby plays with two connected rings while two scientists with clipboards look on.

Traits of other conditions may spur autism

by ,  /  12 June 2018

Early features of other conditions may contribute to autism itself

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April 2018
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Fragile X checklist; France plays catch-up; bar-coded neurons and more

by  /  13 April 2018

A checklist for fragile X syndrome could help identify people with the condition in low-resource settings, France unveils a plan for early diagnosis and education of children with autism, and virally inserted ‘bar codes’ help track individual neurons.

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