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February 2016

Big brains may hold clues to origins of autism

by  /  23 February 2016

The brain enlargement seen in many children with autism may reveal hints about the condition’s causes.

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October 2015

Differences between rodents show limitations of models

by  /  20 October 2015

The same autism-linked mutation can lead to dramatically different behaviors in rats and mice.

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Sequencing studies sharpen focus on key autism genes

by  /  1 October 2015

Two studies prioritize autism risk genes for further research and illuminate how different types of mutations may work together.

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August 2015

Brain hormone levels linked to social deficits in autism

by  /  28 August 2015

Children with autism who have low vasopressin levels struggle to understand the thoughts of others.

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March 2015

Gene defect may signal distinctive form of autism

by  /  30 March 2015

Mutations in the gene DYRK1A underlie a type of autism marked by an unusually small head. The new work expands the breadth of symptoms included under the autism umbrella.

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January 2015

Surplus of neurons spurs autism traits in mice

by  /  15 January 2015

Fetal mice that have too many neurons grow to show social deficits and repetitive behaviors. The finding, reported 11 December in Cell Reports, debuts a mouse model of autism that’s based on a biological abnormality seen in some people with the disorder.

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December 2014

Method predicts impact of DNA variants on gene expression

by  /  18 December 2014

A new computational approach predicts how sequence variations in both the coding and noncoding regions of a gene affect the gene’s expression. The method, described today in Science, may help researchers understand how specific variants contribute to disorders such as autism.

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Sequencing study clarifies impact of autism mutations

by  /  15 December 2014

Researchers are taking a second look at dozens of autism candidate genes, sequencing them in thousands of individuals to bolster the evidence linking them to autism.

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Facial measurements resurface in search for autism clues

by  /  8 December 2014

A group of scientists is using fast, accurate and minimally invasive measurement systems to revive the once-tedious trade of dysmorphology, or the study of unusual facial features, in autism.

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November 2014

Mystery gene uncovered in autism studies may steer neurons

by  /  26 November 2014

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