Common and rare variants in or near autism-associated genes can have opposite effects on cognition.

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Spontaneous genetic mutations contribute to autism in 30 to 39 percent of all people with the condition, and 52 to 67 percent of autistic children whose siblings do not also have the condition.

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An advanced DNA-sequencing technique has identified gene-damaging mutations, some with ties to autism, in about 1 in 15 men.

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Spontaneous mutations in parts of the genome that regulate gene EBF3 appear to contribute to autism risk.

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As treatments for some autism-linked genetic conditions inch closer to the clinic, researchers are talking more urgently about screening all newborns for such conditions.

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A large, whole-genome sequencing study of families yields insights into ultra-rare genetic variants that contribute to autism.

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