7 July 2014Comments ( 0 )
Children who have both the rare genetic disorder tuberous sclerosis complex and autism show a gradual drop in nonverbal intelligence between 1 and 3 years of age, according to research published 11 June in Neurology.
3 July 2014Comments ( 10 )
CHD8, a gene that regulates the structure of DNA, is the closest thing so far to an ‘autism gene,’ suggests a study published today in Cell. People with mutations in this gene all have the same cluster of symptoms, including autism.
30 June 2014Comments ( 2 )
DNA extracted from saliva is just as useful for sequencing genes as is DNA from blood cells, according to a report published in April in BMC Genomics. The easy and inexpensive method would be a boon for studies that need to sequence large numbers of people.
26 June 2014Comments ( 0 )
Deletion or duplication of a stretch of chromosome 16, a risk factor for autism, affects the expression of genes well beyond the region itself, according to a study published 5 June in the American Journal of Human Genetics.
23 June 2014Comments ( 5 )
A single dose of a drug used to treat African sleeping sickness temporarily improves symptoms of autism in a mouse model, according to a study published last week in Translational Psychiatry.