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18 September 2014Comments ( 0 )
About 2 percent of people who have both autism and intellectual disability carry harmful mutations in SHANK3, a protein that helps organize the connections between neurons, according to a study published 4 September in PLoS Genetics.
17 September 2014Comments ( 0 )
Bioengineers have built a donut-shaped scaffold that supports the growth of brain-like tissue, they reported 11 August.
16 September 2014Comments ( 1 )
Methyl tags on DNA are distributed differently in postmortem brains from people with autism than in control brains, and mouse pups can inherit altered methylation from their older fathers, report two new studies.
15 September 2014Comments ( 3 )
The genetic and environmental factors that underlie difficulties with language differ from those that influence other autism traits, according to a new study of more than 3,000 twin pairs. The study, published 2 August in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, suggests that difficulty with language is not a core symptom of autism.
12 September 2014Comments ( 0 )
By the time they turn 1, infants who are later diagnosed with autism smile less often than those who do not develop the disorder, according to a study published 13 August in Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.