Latest Heritability of autism Stories
The first transgenic mouse model of a rare and severe type of autism called Timothy Syndrome is improving the scientific understanding of autism spectrum disorder in general and may help researchers design more targeted interventions and treatments.
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital have used a novel method for analyzing brain-scan data to distinguish children with autism from typically developing children.
The biological causes of autism are still not understood.
Siblings of people with autism show a similar pattern of brain activity to that seen in people with autism when looking at emotional facial expressions.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reported on Monday that they have identified a number of perinatal and neonatal conditions that may be linked to autism, although the evidence is still too scarce to point to specific culprits.
The largest known study of twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suggests that environmental influences and maternal infections during pregnancy may greatly increase risk for ASD.
The largest and most rigorous twin study of its kind to date has found that shared environment influences susceptibility to autism more than previously thought.
Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, joined in announcing significant findings from the largest known study of twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
After evaluating twin pairs in which at least one child has autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers suggest that the shared environment may play a more substantial role in development of the condition than shared genes do.
Autism is often described as a spectrum â€“ varying from severe syndromes in which the symptoms of autism are only part of the problem to the more classic autism characterized by impaired social skills, delayed language development, and repetitive or stereotyped behaviors.