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  • Facial measurements resurface in search for autism clues
    8 December 2014
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    A group of scientists is using fast, accurate and minimally invasive measurement systems to revive the once-tedious trade of dysmorphology, or the study of unusual facial features, in autism.

  • Snippets of RNA may reverse symptoms of Angelman syndrome
    4 December 2014
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    Small pieces of RNA restore the expression of a key gene missing in Angelman syndrome and offer the promise of a highly specific cure, researchers reported Monday in Nature.

  • 'Brain-normalizing' therapy points to new kind of biomarker
    1 December 2014
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    Pivotal response treatment, an effective form of behavioral therapy for autism, normalizes brain activity in children with the disorder, according to a small study published earlier this month in Brain Imaging and Behavior. This suggests that brain imaging can signal early responses to autism treatments.

  • Mystery gene uncovered in autism studies may steer neurons
    26 November 2014
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    More than 30 years after its discovery, an obscure gene called ANK2 has emerged as a top autism candidate, leaving researchers wondering about its link to the disorder. New clues suggest it may help neurons chart their path through the brain.

  • Genetics first: A fresh take on autism's diversity
    24 November 2014
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    Each child with autism is different from the next. One approach rapidly gaining momentum makes sense of this diversity by grouping children together based on their genetics, then looking for patterns in their symptoms. The long-term aim: personalized treatments for each subtype of autism.