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Philly Meeting Stirs New IDEAS

A major roadblock to our understanding of autism is our lack of known biological markers for this condition. Biological markers for a condition such as autism can include gene alterations and other measurable biochemical changes in the cells and tissue of those affected. The discovery of such…

Imperfect mouse may illuminate autism syndrome

A new mouse model of 15q duplication syndrome, a genetic disorder associated with autism, falls short of recapitulating the symptoms of the syndrome. But it nonetheless points to a cluster of well-known risk genes as the most likely culprits. More ...

Family support group urges brain donations for research

Postmortem brains are a precious resource for autism research. Fewer than 400 whole or partial brains — many of them useless for research purposes — are held in a handful of sites around the country. More ...

Sudden deaths in autism and epilepsy baffle researchers

Linda Jones' son Tyler passed away two weeks before his 17th birthday. Diagnosed with autism at age 2, Tyler had severe cognitive and behavioral problems. Unlike his twin brother Austin, who was also diagnosed with autism but who will soon graduate with honors from high school, Tyler never learned…