An immune molecule that helps defend people from infection with viruses or bacteria may also keep brain activity in check, allowing people to be social.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
From parental age to infection during pregnancy, environmental elements can influence autism risk.
Women who have lupus are roughly twice as likely as women without an immune disorder to have a child with autism.
Researchers in Sweden are assembling a large group of identical twin pairs, with only one twin in each pair having autism.
Autism is not a developmental disorder, but rather the brain’s adaptive response to early genetic or environmental disturbances, says Mark Johnson.
The National Institutes of Health is reviving a defunct study that aimed to identify environmental risk factors for autism and other childhood disorders. Some researchers say the do-over is unlikely to live up to the original project’s promise.
Contrary to previous findings, children born by cesarean section are not at an increased risk of autism, says a Swedish sibling study.
DNA sequences called enhancers — which boost the expression of genes from within or outside them — are enriched for genetic variants linked to autism, suggests a new study. The finding may help researchers understand how variants outside genes contribute to autism.
Marmosets exposed to an epilepsy drug in the womb do not recognize reciprocity — the social give-and-take that is a challenge for some people with autism — suggests a new study. The findings add to mounting evidence that these tiny monkeys offer clues about autism.
Researchers have devised a reliable technique for evaluating how well antibodies home in on specific molecules in scientific experiments. The new approach could take some of the guesswork out of studies that use antibodies to label and isolate proteins.
Women who are overweight while pregnant have an increased risk of having a child with autism. But a new study suggests that genetics, not the obesity per se, underlies the association.