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Two new methods for creating ‘mini-brains’ in the lab may make it easier to study how early brain development differs in , particularly within specific brain regions.
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Fragile X syndrome is a leading genetic cause of , and even those with the syndrome who don't have autism often have traits. What explains their overlap?
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Autism is more heritable than anorexia, alcohol dependence, depression and OCD, according to an analysis of data from nearly 4.5 million people.
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“This is a history of scientific research, a history of my community, a history of my life." This is the story of the people of Ricaurte — a tiny town in Colombia that could hold the secret to understanding fragile X syndrome.
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New results in adults support the idea that and are intrinsically linked — a notion that is largely based on studies of children.
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New study puts 's heritability at 64% — further evidence that genetics plays an outsized role in the condition.
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This summer, reporter traveled to Colombia to report from a town where a large cluster of people with syndrome live. She spoke to and the podcast about the experience. Listen here:
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Using CRISPR-tweaked sets of DNA, researchers have produced mice bearing only maternal or only paternal genes.
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Autism is incredibly heterogeneous. In this op/ed, scientist explains how studying brain circuitry in mouse models may lead to a clearer picture of the condition’s subtypes.
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is "one of the most heritable" conditions of its kind, according to a new study. At 64%, autism's heritability is similar to that of , and bipolar disorder.
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National Autism Association Oct 12
"As much as 40 percent of young people with autism meet diagnostic criteria for ADHD."
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Thinking Person's Guide To Autism Oct 12
Fragile X is one of few straightforward genetic diagnoses co-occurring w/ . ’s recent deep dive into a Fragile X cluster in a small Colombian town underscores the need for more research & supports for underserved, high-needs disabled ppl.
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How can researchers better predict autistic children's trajectory over time? On Wednesday 10/17, will answer your questions about tracking autism's heterogeneity over time. Register here!
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This is the most robust evidence to date that autistic children’s undiagnosed siblings, too, tend to have social issues and emotional problems.
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Rapid method connects DNA shape to gene activity in cells
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Genetics plays outsized role in autism, large study shows —  has the story.
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Spectrum Oct 14
Ricuarte in Colombia has always been a curiosity — many of the people there were different. Now, scientists believe the town is the largest cluster of people with fragile X, one of the leading genetic causes of . This is their story.
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Spectrum Oct 14
With the number of government-backed brain initiatives growing worldwide, some researchers are calling for attention to ethics.
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Spectrum Oct 14
Many genetic studies focus on mutations that are rare and spontaneous — but what about the rest of the genome? A new study offers some surprising insights.
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Spectrum Oct 14
Don’t be the dreaded ‘Reviewer Number 3’: Learn how to write a good, thorough peer review.
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