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  • Autism characteristics differ by gender, studies find
    27 March 2014
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    Two studies published in the past month lend support to the notion that autism looks different in girls than it does in boys, making it harder to recognize and diagnose in girls. The studies reflect growing suspicion in the research community that the underlying biology and the experiences of girls with autism may both be distinct.

  • Reference strains aid genetic testing for Rett syndrome
    26 March 2014
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    Researchers have established a set of commercially available cell lines that can help gauge the quality of tests for Rett syndrome, they reported in the March issue of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.

  • Children with autism heed fairness, but put themselves first
    25 March 2014
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    Children with autism understand the basic idea of fairness. But in nuanced scenarios, they tend to put their own interests first as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else, suggests a study published 12 February in Autism.

  • Genetics: MicroRNA may suppress autism gene expression
    25 March 2014
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    A small fragment of RNA may regulate the expression of RORA, a gene implicated in many autism-related pathways, according to a study published 6 February in Scientific Reports.

  • Study questions effectiveness of autism screen in toddlers
    24 March 2014
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    A widely used screen for autism identifies only one-third of children at 18 months who are later diagnosed with the disorder, reports a large Norwegian study published 18 February in Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.