Genetics account for 83% of autism risk, re-do study finds

Genetics account for 83% of autism risk, re-do study finds

A reanalysis of data from more than 2 million children in Sweden suggests inherited genetic factors account for 83 percent ...
Link between autism and schizophrenia may be key to treating both

Link between autism and schizophrenia may be key to treating both

When the shy, dark-haired boy met with clinicians for a full psychiatric evaluation two years ago, almost everything about him ...
Oxytocin and autism: Could nasal spray boost social skills?

Oxytocin and autism: Could nasal spray boost social skills?

Treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills in some children with autism, suggest results from a small clinical trial ...
Hunting for DNA: Piecing together autism's genetic puzzle

Hunting for DNA: Piecing together autism’s genetic puzzle

It’s been 10 years since Michael Wigler had a breakthrough revelation in autism genetics...[when he] reported that ‘de novo’ mutations — those that ...
What might autism researchers learn from schizophrenia?

What might autism researchers learn from schizophrenia?

The general features [of autism] are nearly identical to those of another heritable condition: schizophrenia. The pattern is so distinctive ...
Face time: Babies' attraction to human faces may develop in the womb

Face time: Babies’ attraction to human faces may develop in the womb

Fetuses favor patterns of light that resemble faces over those without face-like features, a new study suggests. The study...is the ...
Autism and ADHD are genetically linked

Autism and ADHD are genetically linked

A trio of studies make the strongest case to date that autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) share similar ...
Family trees may hold key to unlocking mystery of autism, Alzheimer's risk

Family trees may hold key to unlocking mystery of autism, Alzheimer’s risk

The standard approach for unearthing genetic variants linked to a particular condition is a genome-wide association study (GWAS). For this ...
Blacks have been largely excluded from autism studies. Here's what's being done to change that

Blacks have been largely excluded from autism studies. Here’s what’s being done to change that

[Editor's note: Daniel Geschwind’s team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), along with researchers at three other universities, set ...
Why some autistic people can tolerate severe pain? Gene mice studies yielding answers

Why some autistic people can tolerate severe pain? Gene mice studies yielding answers

The gene SHANK3, a leading candidate for autism risk, helps sensory neurons respond to pain, according to a study in mice ...
Brains of people with autism share distinct genetic 'signature'

Brains of people with autism share distinct genetic ‘signature’

The brains of people with autism show a distinct molecular signature, according to the largest-yet postmortem study of people with ...
Autism risk may be related to genes that influence sex-specific traits

Autism risk may be related to genes that influence sex-specific traits

Genetic variants that shape physical features that vary with sex, such as waist-to-hip ratio, may also affect autism risk, according ...
DNA mutations can influence far away genes as easily as those close-by

DNA mutations can influence far away genes as easily as those close-by

A new chart of DNA’s loops and twists reveals its three-dimensional (3-D) structure in the developing brain. It shows that ...
Does one genetic glitch determine risk of both autism and schizophrenia?

Does one genetic glitch determine risk of both autism and schizophrenia?

From their earliest descriptions, schizophrenia and autism have been inextricably linked. ... Studies from the past several years show that ...
Why studying human chimeras offers best hope for finding Parkinson's cure

Why studying human chimeras offers best hope for finding Parkinson’s cure

Spectrum: Why do researchers want to study mouse-human chimeras? Rudolf Jaenisch: Traditionally, researchers have studied human conditions by mutating the ...
Analysis on specific genetic pathways may uncover roots of autism

Analysis on specific genetic pathways may uncover roots of autism

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The number of genetic ...
Controversial test claims to gauge autism risk from placenta

Controversial test claims to gauge autism risk from placenta

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. A new test claims ...

Brain’s immune cells may play role in autism development

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The brain of a ...