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  • Rousing silenced X chromosome may treat Rett syndrome
    29 September 2014
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    Drugs that activate the silent copy of the X chromosome in women may be able to undo the damage from mutations in genes located there. The study, published 2 September in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers hope for treating Rett syndrome and other disorders linked to the chromosome.

  • New therapy shows promise for infants with signs of autism
    25 September 2014
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    A new interaction-based therapy delivered by parents may improve behavior and language skills in infants with autism symptoms, suggests a small pilot study.

  • California universities to come together for autism research
    22 September 2014
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    The University of California has launched an ambitious 18-month project to connect autism researchers across its ten campuses.

  • SHANK3 mutations turn up in high proportion of autism cases
    18 September 2014
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    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.

  • Roots of language troubles, autism traits may diverge
    15 September 2014
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    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.