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  • Genetics first
    6 April 2012
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    Launched in September 2010, the Simons Variation in Individuals Project takes a ‘genetics first’ approach to the study of autism by studying a large group of people with the same genetic event: deletion or duplication of the 16p11.2 chromosomal region.

  • Clinical research: Gestation period affects autism symptoms
    6 April 2012
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    Both premature and post-term babies develop more severe symptoms of autism than those born close to their due dates, according to a study published 16 March in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

  • Hundreds of genes involved in autism, sequencing studies say
    4 April 2012
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    The largest set of exome sequencing studies of children with autism and their families to date has identified a handful of genes that may increase risk of the disorder, according to research published in Nature.

  • Researchers map gene expression in the monkey brain
    4 April 2012
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    Researchers have used gene expression data to create a map of the layers within the neocortex, a brain region involved in sensory perception, motor control and language, of rhesus macaques. The results were published 22 March in Neuron.

  • Cognition and behavior: Corpus callosum smaller in autism
    4 April 2012
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    Children with autism have a smaller corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers that connects the two hemispheres of the brain, compared with controls, and this difference persists over two years of development, according to a study published 18 February in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.