Latest Heritability of autism Stories
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.
Doctors are now saying there is a simple, new way to test 6 month olds for autism and other growth delays.
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.
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.
Autism has a strong genetic basis, but so far efforts to identify the responsible genes have had mixed results.
Out of four million children born each year in the United States, 400,000 to 600,000 are born with neurodevelopmental disorders - including autism. With this alarming rate, there has been an increase in the amount of research done to examine the disorder.
A team led by scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) publishes research today indicating a striking association between genes found disrupted in children with autism and genes that are targets of FMRP, the protein generated by the gene FMR1, whose dysfunction causes Fragile-X syndrome.
A new study, published by Cell Press in the April 26 issue of the journal Neuron, discovers several genes associated with autism and finds evidence for a shared genetic mechanism underlying autism and fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability.
When a child has autism, siblings are also at risk for the disorder.
There is little argument among experts that autism spectrum disorders (ASD), complex developmental disabilities that vary widely in their severity, are caused by both genetic and environmental factors.
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