News Archive

The latest research, clinical and policy news from the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI) and its affiliated faculty.

Gene editing via nanoparticles may treat autism syndromes

July 05, 2018

Scientists have for the first time successfully delivered the gene-editing tool CRISPR into mouse brains and altered their behavior.

Rat squeaks may reveal autism gene’s role in communication

July 02, 2018

Rats with a mutation in CACNA1C, a gene linked to autism, make fewer happy squeaks while playing than controls do, and ignore other rats’ requests to play, a new study suggests.

Autism mutation alters balance of gut bacteria in mice

June 28, 2018

Mice with a mutation in a top autism gene called SHANK3 have altered levels of certain gut bacteria, a new study shows.

Mutations in autism gene may trigger milder effects than does its loss

June 20, 2018

People with mutations in SHANK3 have intellectual disability and other features of Phelan-McDermid syndrome, the condition most closely associated with this gene.

Some autism traits may show up later in girls than in boys

June 18, 2018

Girls with autism traits have fewer problems with social communication than boys do early on, but their skills worsen by adolescence, a new study suggests.

Autism brains show widespread alterations in structure

June 04, 2018

The brains of people with autism show a variety of structural differences from those of controls, according to a large imaging study.

To get an autism diagnosis, girls need worse social skills than boys

May 28, 2018

Girls with an autism diagnosis have more severe impairments in social communication than boys with the diagnosis, according to a large population-based study.

Use of certain social strategies linked to anxiety in autism

May 23, 2018

Children with autism often have trouble understanding others’ thoughts, and some may compensate for this by creating scripts and using other learned strategies to navigate social si

Girls with autism at high risk of sexual abuse, large study says

May 14, 2018

Many women with traits of autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report having been sexually abused as a child, according to a study of 4,500 people.

Rise in U.S. autism prevalence stems mainly from ‘mild’ cases

May 12, 2018

The bulk of the increase in autism prevalence the United States between 2000 and 2012 can be attributed to children on the mild end of the spectrum.

Infant seizures, maternal meds top list of risk factors for autism

May 02, 2018

Epilepsy in infancy and the use of prescription medications during pregnancy are the strongest of 29 known risk factors for autism in a child, according to a large analysis of medical records.

Some mutations tied to autism may be passed down from fathers

April 19, 2018

Some children with autism carry rare mutations in DNA segments that flank genes and control their expression — and they tend to inherit these mutations from their unaffected fathers, accordin

Top autism gene may alter sensory perception

April 16, 2018

An unusual brain response to sound may distinguish children with mutations in SCN2A, a leading candidate gene for autism.

Loss of autism gene makes mice sensitive to pain

April 09, 2018

Mice lacking CNTNAP2, a gene strongly linked to autism, are acutely sensitive to pain, according to a new study. Loss of the gene makes some of their sensory neurons unusually excitable.

In autism, brain’s emotion hub begins with too many cells

April 06, 2018

The amygdala, a brain region that governs emotions, may contain an unusually high number of neurons in young children with autism.