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About Autism / Spectrum Disorders: Genetics and Autism: What’s the Link? | Circa Jan 15, 2008

Jan 15, 2008, 8:13 AM | Newsletter


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from Lisa Jo Rudy

This has been a banner month in autism research. No fewer than three new studies have come out with findings on genetics and autism. What we know so far, though, is pretty slight. Autism does run in families. Sometimes. Spontaneous mutations are behind autism. Sometimes. Find out more about what we DO know – and what we have yet to discover!


Finding Links Autism to Genetic “Hot Spot” – But Offers Little Help for Parents
Last July, the researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory announced that certain spontaneous genetic mutations (mutations NOT inherited from parents) seem to be responsible for some cases ofautism. Today, the…read more


E-Courses On Autism Issues from Autism.About.Com

Yesterday, researchers in Boston announced a discovery linking spontaneous genetic mutations to some forms of autism. Today, three different research groups announced an unrelated genetic discovery that could provide insight into the causes of autism.


Finding Links Autism to Genetic “Hot Spot” – But Offers Little Help for Parents
Last July, the researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory announced that certain spontaneous genetic mutations (mutations NOT inherited from parents) seem to be responsible for some cases ofautism. Today, the…read more


Heredity, Genetic Mutations & Older Parents May Cause Autism
A new research study suggests that spontaneous genetic mutations caused, in part, by older parents, may play an important role in the autism epidemic. The research study also suggests that a genetic test for “carrier” parents may become available soon. Researcher Dr. Kenny Ye explains his group’s findings in detail.


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