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  • Sequencing study uncovers new candidate genes for autism
    15 November 2012
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    A new candidate gene for autism, CHD8, may account for up to 0.4 percent of cases of the disorder, according to research published today in Science. CHD8 is one of six genes identified that together may contribute to one percent of autism cases.

  • Brain atlas maps gene expression in three dimensions
    14 November 2012
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    Researchers have charted patterns of gene expression in a three-dimensional representation of the human brain. The results, published 20 September in Nature, show that different brain regions have distinct molecular and functional roles.

  • Genetics: Deletion of 16p11.2 region has variable effects
    14 November 2012
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    The loss of a 600-kilobase region on chromosome 16 leads to intellectual disability, obesity, a large head and, sometimes, autism, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of Medical Genetics.

  • Guest blog: Oxytocin’s power
    13 November 2012
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    A new study shows that long-term treatment with oxytocin, a hormone that typically enhances social bonds, can have unexpected consequences, says Sue Carter, a research scientist at RTI International.

  • Clinical research: Children with autism have abnormal airways
    13 November 2012
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    Children with autism have abnormal lung anatomy, according to a study published 28 August in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The results suggest a potential biomarker of autism, researchers say.