Genetics

Strength In Numbers

Hundreds of different genetic factors contribute to autism and likely a similar number of environmental factors. Each combines differently to affect an individual diagnosed with ASD. The many different possible combinations of genomic and environmental “risk factors” results in many different individuals with ASD. ...

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CAR Researchers Zero in on Genetic Risk Factors for ASD

Genetics or Environment?  It’s a familiar debate that plays out as scientists search for the causes of most health conditions. Autism is no stranger to this debate. ...

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Um, Uh,… Unmasking Autism

In everyday conversation, speech fillers convey social context, filling normal pauses in speech and indicating whether a pause will be short, using “uh”, or longer, using “um”. ...

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Members of the Lonely Hearts Club?

Autism experts speculate that one of the many complicating aspects of diagnosing autism in girls and women may have to do with the way boys and girls are socialized differently.  ...

Boosting Social Behaviors in People with Autism

It may be possible to boost social interaction in people with autism by using a new therapeutic drug target, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The research team conducted a study in mice to examine a whether a mutation in a specific gene, PCDH10, affects social behavior.  ...

CHOP, Drexel Join National Consortium Studying Baby Teeth for Clues to Environmental, Chemical Risks Associated With Autism

Two Philadelphia research centers are among 10 centers studying baby teeth of high-risk children to learn about risk factors in the womb. ...

CHOP Researchers Identify Gene That Plays Important Role in Autism & Other Neuropsychiatric Conditions

A team of researchers led by Tara Wenger, PhD of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Autism Research (CAR) have found that genetic mutations in a specific family of genes – the “metabotropic glutamate receptors” (mGluRs) – play a significant role in a person’s risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)....