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September 2021
Four brains showing areas affected by the X chomosome in yellow

X chromosome exerts extra influence on brain development

by  /  15 September 2021

The X chromosome holds stronger-than-expected genetic sway over the structure of several brain regions. The genes that may underlie this oversized influence have ties to autism.

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July 2021

Patchwork mutations present a new frontier for autism research

by  /  12 July 2021

Mosaic mutations, which affect only some of the body’s cells, play a small but meaningful role in autism. Though they are difficult to study, researchers are working to master their complexity.

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June 2021
Micrograph of two developing axons, one with one copy of TSC2 gene and the other with two copies.

Disrupted cell skeletons may explain brain wiring changes in autism-linked condition

by  /  28 June 2021

Neuronal axons ignore guidance cues after a mutation in the gene TSC2 disrupts signaling through RhoA, a protein regulated by many autism-linked genes.

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February 2021

Genetic variants in protein target sites may contribute to autism

by  /  12 February 2021

Mutations that disrupt binding sites in RNA molecules may play a role in autism and a variety of psychiatric conditions, according to a new study.

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September 2020
Colorful chart showing variants in chromosomes.

Scan of genomes for inherited variants lays bare new autism candidate

by  /  10 September 2020

Lowered expression of a gene called DDHD2 may increase a person’s likelihood of having autism, according to a new analysis.

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January 2020
Variants linked to multiple conditions, including autism, tend to appear in genes that influence brain development, as shown in this chart in blue and grey.

Autism may share inherited variants with other psychiatric conditions

by  /  13 January 2020

Some of the inherited variants implicated in autism also increase the odds of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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July 2019

New approach aids search for genetic roots of complex conditions

by  /  5 July 2019

A new method enables researchers to test algorithms for spotting genes that contribute to a trait or condition.

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May 2019
A mother taking her two children to school

Genetic background may alter effect of autism mutations

by  /  4 May 2019

A person’s genetic makeup can ease or worsen the effect of mutations linked to autism.

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A DNA helix showing common and rare variants

The multiple hits theory of autism, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

Researchers are studying how a combination of genetic ‘hits’ may contribute to autism’s diversity.

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February 2019

Analysis pinpoints genes linked to autism, developmental delay

by  /  6 February 2019

An analysis of spontaneous mutations in nearly 11,000 individuals with developmental delay or autism implicates 49 new genes.

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