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  • Repeats in human DNA may aggravate autism symptoms
    21 April 2014
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    Certain DNA repeats that increased exponentially during human evolution are directly related to the severity of autism symptoms, according to a preliminary study published 20 March in PLoS Genetics.

  • Researchers unveil fetal brain map, mouse 'connectome'
    17 April 2014
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    Two new maps of the brain — an atlas of fetal development and a wiring diagram in the mouse — debuted 2 April in Nature. The maps may open new avenues of investigation into the genetic and neurological basis of autism.

  • Genetic background may alter behavior of autism mice
    14 April 2014
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    Differences in the background genetics of mouse strains may modify the effects of autism genes, suggests a study published 11 March in Autism Research. The study looked at the behavior of mice with a mutation in neuroligin-3, a strong autism candidate gene.

  • Even 'baby sibs' without autism show delays in first year
    10 April 2014
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    Among the younger siblings of children with autism who do not have the disorder themselves, more than one-quarter show developmental delays at their first birthday, according to a study published in April.

  • Odd brain patches point to origins of autism in womb
    7 April 2014
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    The brains of children with autism contain discrete patches of what look like immature neurons, according to a small study of postmortem brains published 27 March in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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