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Autism shares gene expression pathways with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
Gene expression patterns in the brains of people with autism are similar to those of people who have schizophrenia or ...
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How heritable is autism? Twins research suggests we may be vastly underestimating it

Bret Stetka | 
An analysis of DNA variants suggests the heritability of childhood behavior problems, including autism traits, is about 6 percent, researchers ...
Twin studies suggest our genes heavily influence how children 'gaze' and view interactions

Twin studies suggest our genes heavily influence how children ‘gaze’ and view interactions

Hannah Furfaro | 
The way children view both social and nonsocial situations may be determined at least in part by their genes, a ...
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Genetics account for 83% of autism risk, re-do study finds

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

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

Jessica Wright | 
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

Simon Makin | 
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?

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

Bahar Gholipour | 
Fetuses favor patterns of light that resemble faces over those without face-like features, a new study suggests. The the ...

Autism and ADHD are genetically linked

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

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

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

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

Nicholette Zeliadt | 
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

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

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

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

Rudolf Jaenisch | 
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

Dan Arking, Shannon Ellis | 
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

Ann Griswold | 
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

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