Latest Heritability of autism Stories

2012-06-22 06:14:38

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Approximately three out of every 1,000 people in the United States suffer from some degree of Autism. Now, a new study is looking at why this happens by studying your genes. Researchers at UCLA are conducting a study to explain why one person has an ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and another does not. The study pinpoints ASD risk factors by comparing changes in gene expression with DNA mutation data in the same individuals. ASDs are a heterogeneous group of...

2012-06-21 21:08:20

Findings could lead to future therapeutic targets UCLA researchers have combined two tools — gene expression and the use of peripheral blood -- to expand scientists' arsenal of methods for pinpointing genes that play a role in autism. Published in the June 21 online edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics, the findings could help scientists zero in on genes that offer future therapeutic targets for the disorder. "Technological advances now allow us to rapidly sequence...

2012-06-21 20:56:41

A pioneering report of genome-wide gene expression in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) finds genetic changes that help explain why one person has an ASD and another does not. The study, published by Cell Press on June 21 in The American Journal of Human Genetics, pinpoints ASD risk factors by comparing changes in gene expression with DNA mutation data in the same individuals. This innovative approach is likely to pave the way for future personalized medicine, not just for ASD but also for any...

Zebrafish Used In Autism Research
2012-06-20 06:10:52

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com Apes and humans are thought to be intertwined in evolutionary theory, but how about fish and humans? A new study utilized zebrafish in a study regarding human brain disorders. In particular, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers recently revealed that they took a fresh approach to understanding the roles of genes linked to autism and demonstrated how zebrafish could be utilized in examining the genes that contribute to human brain disorders....

2012-05-21 09:49:32

Preliminary results from an ongoing, large-scale study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows that oxytocin – a naturally occurring substance produced in the brain and throughout the body– increased brain function in regions that are known to process social information in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A Yale Child Study Center research team that includes postdoctoral fellow Ilanit Gordon and Kevin Pelphrey, the Harris Associate Professor...

2012-05-19 00:12:17

A large survey of human genetic variation, published today in the online version of the journal Science, shows that rare genetic variants are not so rare after all and offers insights into human diseases. "I knew there would be rare variation but had no idea there would be so much of it," said the senior author of the research, John Novembre, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and of bioinformatics at UCLA. A team of life scientists studied 202 genes in 14,002...

New Autism Test Is As Easy As Picking Up Your Baby
2012-05-18 04:50:20

Doctors are now saying there is a simple, new way to test 6 month olds for autism and other growth delays. A study by the Kennedy Krieger Institute found children with a high risk for autism also had weak head and neck control. A majority of the children who fit both of these descriptions were later diagnosed with autism and other social delays. Though these studies are preliminary, these findings are the first to suggest that early delays in motor development may be a warning sign for...

2012-05-10 22:50:08

A recently evolved pattern of gene activity in the language and decision-making centers of the human brain is missing in a disorder associated with autism and learning disabilities, a new study by Yale University researchers shows. "This is the cost of being human," said Nenad Sestan, associate professor of neurobiology, researcher at Yale's Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, and senior author of the paper. "The same evolutionary mechanisms that may have gifted our species with amazing...

Human Brain Evolution Triggered By Duplicate Gene
2012-05-04 08:21:12

Brett Smith for Redorbit.com Scientists may have just found a ℠missing link´ in the form of a partial, duplicate gene that appears to be responsible for human brain development - the most distinguishing characteristic of our species. The genetic variation occurred in man´s ape-like ancestor about two or three million years ago, according to a pair of studies published online in the journal Cell. A team led by researchers at the Scripps Research Institute found that a...

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