Genetics

Gene Knockout Mouse May Offer Leap Forward in Autism Animal Models

New mouse model exhibits all core autism traits; may offer advantages for testing helpful medicines

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It’s More than Just Genes

Early environment shared by twins contributes to autism risk

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De Novo Genetic Changes Provide New Clues for Autism

Four studies show spontaneous mutations in DNA may contribute substantially to autism occurrence

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The Womb as Environment

It’s not just genes.

The results of the largest autism twin study ever performed suggest that environmental influences during pregnancy may significantly increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among twins. This contrasts... More...

Study Finds Pregnancy and Birth Environment May Affect Development of Autism in Twins

NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 4, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, joined in announcing significant findings from the largest known study of twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This work... More...

New Research Opportunity in Autism and Related Disorders Announced

The National Institute of Mental Health has released two new Requests for Applications research into novel interventions for neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders.

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INSAR Publishes Inaugural Issue of Autism Research Journal

The inaugural issue of Autism Research, a new journal published by the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), is available online, and will be available in print in the next few weeks.

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Scientists Announce New Drosophila Drug Screen for Fragile X Syndrome

Scientists using a new drug screening method in Drosophila (fruit flies), have identified several drugs and small molecules that reverse the features of fragile X syndrome -- a frequent form of mental retardation and one of the leading known cause... More...

Advancing Clinical Practice Through Recognition of Autism Subtypes

To the well-informed autism community, the remarkably different ways in which autism may affect one individual from the next is perhaps noting the obvious . Beyond the core domains of autism, parents know all too well that their child may have a h... More...

Two Candidate Genes for Autism Identified in NAAR-Funded Research Projects

If we are to understand autism and eventually have effective treatments, preventions and cures, scientists must discover the genes involved. In a remarkable six-month period, we have seen the publication of tw... More...

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