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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: whole-exome sequencing

May 2016
Illustration shows doctors in Libya looking at a city, with children standing in the foreground.

The gene hunters

by  /  18 May 2016

Criss-crossing the globe on a quest for unusual DNA, researchers have discovered a rare mutation that promises insights into both epilepsy and autism — and points to a treatment.

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April 2016

‘Silent’ mutations may contribute to autism, schizophrenia

by  /  29 April 2016

Mutations in genes that seemingly don’t affect the corresponding proteins may still boost autism risk.

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Webinar: Brian O’Roak discusses the accelerating pace of autism genetics

 /  27 April 2016

Watch the complete replay of Brian O’Roak discussing the accelerating pace of autism genetics and new methods for identifying and validating autism risk genes.

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How to mine treasure troves of genetic data

by  /  5 April 2016

Collaboration and transparency will be key as scientists sort through thousands of whole genomes of people with autism for genetic clues.

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March 2016

Spectrum of autism traits spans general population

by  /  23 March 2016

Genetic variants linked to autism influence social skills in people without the condition, supporting the notion that autism lies along a continuum of typical traits.

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Questions for Thomas Bourgeron: In search of ‘second hits’

by  /  1 March 2016

Taking a close look at people who have a mutation in a known autism gene may reveal why these people often have vastly different characteristics.

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February 2016

Spaces near genes may harbor pitfalls for autism

by  /  15 February 2016

Children with autism tend to carry variants in stretches of DNA that flank autism genes.

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January 2016

Rising star: Brian O’Roak brings ‘A’ game to autism genetics

by  /  21 January 2016

Brian O’Roak has helped to steer some of the largest, most complex studies of autism genetics to date.

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December 2015

Hot topics of 2015

by  /  22 December 2015

Here’s a rundown of five trending topics that are turning traditional assumptions about autism on their head.

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Method marks variants among repeated DNA segments

by  /  9 December 2015

A new tool trawls sequencing data to reveal single-letter DNA swaps within large duplications.

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