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Tag: PTEN

October 2018
A boy toddler learns to walk with an adult holding his hands.

Some ‘autism genes’ show stronger ties to related conditions

by  /  17 October 2018

The largest autism sequencing study to date implicates 99 genes in the condition — but nearly half have a tighter link to intellectual disability or developmental delay.

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June 2018

Growth spurt in head, skeleton mark autism in boys

by  /  6 June 2018

Boys with autism have smaller heads, are shorter and weigh less at birth than typical children do — but all that changes by age 3.

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Yeast assay illuminates effects of mutations in top autism gene

by  /  1 June 2018

Mutations in the gene PTEN that are tied to autism may be less harmful than those linked to a syndrome characterized by benign tumors.

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May 2018

Monkey study bolsters case for brain hormone’s role in autism

by  /  29 May 2018

Male monkeys that avoid touching, grooming or playing with others have low brain levels of the hormone vasopressin.

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June 2017

Family groups play key role in advancing autism research

by  /  27 June 2017

Families need more support from researchers in order for their heroic efforts to be optimally effective.

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May 2017

Autism signature found in trio of blood-borne proteins

by  /  13 May 2017

The activity of a set of proteins in the blood may distinguish people with autism from those without the condition.

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February 2017
human brain showing the corpus callosum highlighted

Brain’s bridge could yield clues to faulty wiring in autism

by  /  27 February 2017

Decoding distortions in the brain’s largest nerve tract could lay bare basic problems with long-range neural connections in autism.

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January 2017
A surreal portrait of doctors walking out on vibrant tree-limbs, as it were. This represents doctors exploring novel pathways in cancer research.

The curious connection between autism and cancer

by  /  11 January 2017

A surprising number of genes associated with autism also have links to cancer. Does that mean cancer drugs can treat autism?

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June 2016

As autism candidates emerge, cancer pathway rises to top

by  /  13 June 2016

Researchers are beginning to understand how mutations in a cancer-linked pathway called WNT contribute to autism.

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Dozens of autism genes have cancer connections

by  /  10 June 2016

A comprehensive catalog of the genes that show ties to both autism and cancer highlights the role of cell growth in both conditions.

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