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  • Scientists catalog effects of PTEN mutations in autism
    27 October 2014
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    People with autism who have mutations in a gene called PTEN have a distinct profile of cognitive impairments and structural abnormalities in the brain. The profile, published 7 October in Molecular Psychiatry, points to a subtype of autism with these features.

  • Web of genes may hold clues for autism treatments
    20 October 2014
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    Many of the genes that have emerged as the strongest autism candidates have turned out to regulate the expression of hundreds, if not thousands, of other genes. Within these networks, scientists are homing in on pathways that underlie autism.

  • Studies question link between head circumference, autism
    16 October 2014
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    Having an enlarged head in early childhood is not a reliable marker of autism, according to two new studies that tracked changes in head and body size in children over time.

  • Analysis of mouse brains maps subgroups of autism
    13 October 2014
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    A brain imaging study of 26 mouse models of autism reveals a broad range of structural abnormalities. The models cluster into groups with similar features, reports a study published 9 September in Molecular Psychiatry.

  • Large study links maternal infection to autism risk
    9 October 2014
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    Having an infection during pregnancy significantly raises the risk of having a child with autism, finds the largest epidemiological study to date to examine the link.