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  • RAS pathway, a potentially unifying theory of autism
    13 March 2012
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    Dysregulation of the intracellular signaling pathway RAS, a risk factor for idiopathic autism, may provide a unifying theory of the disorder. Although this is not an altogether new hypothesis, several new findings have strengthened the evidence for it considerably.

  • Molecular mechanisms: Autism protein forms aggregates
    13 March 2012
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    DISC1, an autism-associated protein, can form large aggregates that deplete the amount of functional DISC1 in cells, according to a study published 14 February in Human Molecular Genetics.

  • 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.