Latest Heritability of autism Stories
A major register study from Karolinska Institutet shows that children born to certain groups of immigrants had an increased risk of developing autism with intellectual disability.
The changes in brain development that underlie autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be detectable in children as young as 6 months.
A new study combines genetic and neurobiological approaches to confirm that synaptic mutations increase the risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
The basis of autism spectrum disorder is long known to have a strong genetic component, however new research is suggesting that environmental factors may play an equally important role in this developmental disorder affecting nearly one in 100 children.
Neuroscientists have homed in on potential differences in the brain cells of autistic people by studying brainlike spheres grown in an elaborate process from skin cells.
Although many mental illnesses are uniquely human, animals sometimes exhibit abnormal behaviors similar to those seen in humans with psychological disorders.
Research released today shows that scientists are finding new tools to help understand neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and fragile X syndrome.
The exact causes of autism remain unknown, but failure of a vital prenatal process may be one of the culprits. A new study, published in the November 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Society (JAMA), confirms this relatively recent theory.
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are the first to map epigenetic changes in neurons from the brains of individuals with autism, providing empirical evidence that epigenetic alterations—changes in gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence—may play an important role in the disease.
Neurons in the prefrontal cortex of individuals with autism show changes at numerous sites across the genome.
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