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  • Autism Mutations

    Autism Genes Activate During Fetal Brain Development

    Adding to the growing body of evidence that autism begins before birth, researchers from the San Diego School of Medicine at the University of California have discovered that mutations that cause autism in children are connected to a pathway that regulates brain development. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder that manifests […] More

  • Brothers on Alphabet Mat

    Most Siblings Have Different Autism-Risk Genes, Says Study

    The causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are myriad and complex. However, because the disorder tends to run in families, researchers previously thought that the genes could be inherited. However, a new largest-ever autism genome study reveals that most siblings with ASD have different autism-linked genes. ASD is a developmental disorder that manifests during the […] More

  • Mother with Boy with Autism

    Autism Caused by Genetics More Than Environmental Factors

    A study published Sunday in Nature Genetics has found that genetics plays a bigger role in autism than environmental factors. According to researchers, 52% of autism risk comes from common genes while only 2.6% have been attributed to spontaneous mutations. The study also found that only part of those spontaneous mutations were brought about by […] More