Research finds common traits within families between child prodigies and individuals with autism

A new research study by the Ohio State University has found that child prodigies and individuals with autism, in the same family, share genetic traits. Although the study group was only small, it was found that similar characters such as good memory and attention to detail, were evident. DNA from 12 child prodigies were looked […]

Study shows why autism may run in the family

Baltimore, Maryland — A study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine unveils what could be the reason behind why autism appears to be passed on in the family. According to the study, epigenetic changes, rather than actual DNA mutations, may be responsible for causing autism in children. One of the […]

Autism Research: 19 Dec, 2014 Week In Review

Master Controller gene for autism identified In a path breaking new study, researchers from NYU Langone Medical Centre have identified the master gene that stimulates and controls many other genes. In early brain development. Published in this week’s issue of the journal Nature, the study was lead by Danny Reinberg. He and his team found […]

Movements show genetics play a role in autism

Bloomington, Ind. — Researchers continue to identify how gnetics play a role in children’s autism. A research funded by the National Science Foundation Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation examined minute movements of children on the autism spectrum through high-sensitivity movement sensors attached to their arms, and found that some of the children shared the same unusual ‘spikes’ […]

Gene deletion explored as a cause for Autism and ASD

A new study has revealed that the process of backing up and copying genetic pathways is not always present in people with a diagnosis of Autism or ASD. Researchers in the USA looked at the genetic mapping of a cross reference of the population, including 431 people on the Autistic Spectrum, comparing them to 379 […]

Did the New York Times get it wrong in linking Autism and Cancer genes?

Research into two unrelated genetic mutations in cells have shown a link between a specific cancer gene and Autism, say the New York Times. This is based on research conducted by the University of Washington into mutates cancer gene, called PTEN. Around 10% of people with the mutation, which causes cancers of the breast, colon, thyroid […]

Revolutionary gene therapy could reverse symptoms of Retts Syndrome

Research into Retts Syndrome, one of the most debilitating of the Autism Spectrum Disorders, has proved to reverse the symptoms in a recent study conducted on mice. Rett Syndrome strikes little girls almost exclusively, with first symptoms usually appearing before the age of 18 months.  These children lose speech, motor control and functional hand use, […]

Studies Link Air Pollution to Autism Risk

A national study by the Harvard School of Public Health confirmed a link between prenatal exposure to air pollution and a higher chance of having a child diagnosed with autism.  Autism is a developmental disability characterized by difficulty initiating and sustaining social relationships, communication difficulties, and sensory-motor sensitivities. Data from the Nurses’ Health Study II, […]

The Hereditary Link to Autism

Autism is generally a complex developmental disability that causes physical and mental problems within the victim. Studies by scientists and researchers have showed that this condition is the result of a neurological disorder which quite adversely affects the normal brain functioning of an individual and also very deeply and intensely affects the victim’s capability of […]

Press Release – Researchers unravel a link between a genetic mutation and autistic behaviors, then find a way to undo it

New research by Dr. Yan and her co-authors describes the cellular and molecular basis behind some autistic behaviors and suggests potential biomarkers and pharmaceutical targets. Scientists at the University at Buffalo have identified the mechanisms behind a genetic mutation that produces certain autistic behaviors in mice, as well as therapeutic strategies to restore normal behaviors. […]