The genetics of autism

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Autism genetics, explained

The more scientists dig into DNA, the more intricate its contribution to autism seems to be. Here, we unravel the complex genetics of autism.

By Nicholette Zeliadt
28 May 2021 | 5 min read
Autism correspondents Raphael Bernier and James Mancini look fly in a pair of sunglasses.

Inside Scoop From the Autism Anchors: Special report on genetics

Two scientists describe the critical role families have played in advancing research in autism genetics.

By Spectrum
27 June 2017 | 1 min read

Autism genetics: The movie

The secret to understanding autism lies largely in our DNA.

By Spectrum
27 June 2017 | 3 min watch
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Spectrum Stories: The role of genetics in autism

We know that genes play a role in the condition; however, finding genes, and then knowing what they do is a challenge.

By Lisa Cantrell
27 June 2017 | 1 min read
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Burning debate: What’s the best way to nab real autism genes?

How to best use a large volume of data to discover new genetic risk factors for autism is a matter of intense debate, particularly in light of historical challenges.

By Brian O’Roak
27 June 2017 | 9 min read
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From 0 to 60 in 10 years

After a decade of fast-paced discovery, researchers are racing toward bigger datasets, more genes and a deeper understanding of the biology of autism.

By Simon Makin
27 June 2017 | 15 min read

In race to crack autism’s code, two contenders shoot ahead

Two candidate genes have risen to the top, and may help scientists understand what autism really is.

By Jessica Wright
27 June 2017 | 6 min read

The interplay of common, rare variation in autism

Autism researchers should ditch the false dichotomy between common inherited variants and much rarer random mutations.

By Mark Daly
27 June 2017 | 7 min read

Whole genomes may hold clues to autism, but patience is key

We finally have access to whole-genome sequences from people with autism. But before we can properly interpret these data, we need to know what we're looking for.

By Bernie Devlin, Michael Talkowski
27 June 2017 | 5 min read

Why it’s time to spin autism genes into drug screens

Autism researchers’ top priority should be shifting their focus to finding treatments for severe forms of the condition.

By Guy Rouleau
27 June 2017 | 5 min read

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