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Machine Learning Reveals Unexpected Genetic Roots of Cancers, Autism and Other Disorders

University of Toronto researchers from Engineering, Biology and Medicine teach computers to ‘read the human genome’ and rate likelihood of mutations causing disease, opening vast new possibilities for medicine

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Autism and Intellectual Disability Studied in Quest for New Treatment Approaches

NIH-funded collaboration on treatments of rare genetic syndromes that could reveal a shared biology of autism spectrum disorders

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"Master Regulator" Gene — Long Tied to Autism Disorders — Can Stimulate Other Genes Involved in Early Brain Development

Chemical modifications to DNA’s packaging — known as epigenetic changes — can activate or repress genes involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and early brain development, according to a new study to be published in the journal Nature on Dec. 18.

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Researchers Identify a Therapeutic Strategy That May Treat a Childhood Neurological Disorder

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UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a possible therapy to treat neurofibromatosis type 1 or NF1, a childhood neurological disease characterized by learning deficits and autism.

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Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism, Large-Scale Analysis Shows

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While many different combinations of genetic traits can cause autism, brains affected by autism share a pattern of ramped-up immune responses, an analysis of data from autopsied human brains reveals. The study, a collaborative effort between Johns Hopkins and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, included data from 72 autism and control brains.

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UNC Researchers Pinpoint Chemo Effect on Brain Cells, Potential Link to Autism

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University of North Carolina scientists discovered how the chemo drug topotecan affects individual neurons to potentially cause "chemo fog." A similar long-term affect in the developing brain could trigger autism.

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Minute Movements of Autistic Children and Their Parents Provide Clue to Severity of Disorder

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Imperceptible variations in movement patterns among individuals with autism spectrum disorder are important indicators of the severity of the disorder in children and adults.

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Fragile X Study Offers Hope of New Autism Treatment

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People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh and McGill University.

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Why Do People with Autism See Faces Differently?

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The way people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gather information – not the judgement process itself – might explain why they gain different perceptions from peoples’ faces, according to a new study from Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies and the University of Montreal. "

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