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  • More sensitive prenatal tests detect autism-linked variants
    12 March 2012
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    Prenatal genetic tests that can detect copy number variations, including those linked to autism, could raise tough questions for doctors and parents.

  • In other words
    9 March 2012
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    When children with autism make grammatical errors, is it due to a fundamental problem in language processing, or rather their difficulty understanding social interactions? Two new studies lend support to the latter idea.

  • Clinical research: Gut bacteria prevalent in autism
    9 March 2012
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    A certain type of bacteria is prevalent in the intestines of children who have both autism and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms but absent in controls, according to a study published 10 January in mBio.

  • Clinical trials for autism treatments go online
    8 March 2012
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    A new clinical trial, conducted entirely online, could provide a model for how to quickly and efficiently test some potential treatments for autism.

  • Fruit fly reference helps link genes to traits
    7 March 2012
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    Researchers have generated and sequenced almost 200 different strains of fruit flies, a widely used model organism, according to a study published 8 February in Nature. The resource they created, called the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel, will enable researchers to link genetic variants with aspects of fly biology and behavior.