New research adds to the evidence of a potential link between autism and sensitivities to gluten, a protein found in certain grains such as wheat. The researchers found that elevated antibodies to gluten were more common among children with autism than in others. In addition, the elevated antibody levels corresponded to GI symptoms such as pain and constipation.
Genetic researchers have discovered another 24 “high impact” autism gene changes. Each more than doubles the risk that a child will develop autism.
New York, N.Y. (November 8, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, is proud to announce the release of biological and clinical data from 383 new families participating in Autism Speaks Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) to researchers. AGRE is a resource for scientists that is comprised of clinical and biological data from families who have two or more children on the autism spectrum.
Clara Lajonchere, Ph.D., Autism Speaks vice president for clinical programs, will be a featured speaker at the biannual conference of the Autism Research Institute (ARI), October 13-14, in Anaheim, Calif.
NEW YORK, NY (May 10, 2012) – Autism Speaks today announced a partnership with its Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) program and Prometheus Research to build a data management system that will support the integration and centralization of several of Autism Speaks leading data and biospecimen repositories. This expansion will provide the research community with access to extensive clinical data, tissue, and biospecimens from over 15,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their relatives from around the world.
The biotechnology company IntegraGen has launched a gene test that uses a cheek swab to screen infants and toddlers for 65 genetic markers associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Researchers have found evidence that the disordered early brain development seen in young children with autism results from problems cascading through entire pathways of gene activity.