Mutations in Sperm May Reveal Risk for Autism

Researchers Use SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer to Analyze Genome Sequences While the causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not fully understood, researchers believe both genetics and environment play a role. In some cases, the disorder is linked to de novo mutations that appear only in the child and are not inherited from either parent’s DNA. In a… Read More Mutations in Sperm May Reveal Risk for Autism

Predicting Autism Risk

New research study will analyze dried blood spots recorded from California newborns for 1,000 different molecules and chemicals; their tell-tale presence might predict autism risk years before symptoms appear, prompting early treatment and perhaps prevention Within days of birth, a few drops of blood are collected from every newborn in California—and across the United States… Read More Predicting Autism Risk

Schizophrenia Is A Disease, Not An Extreme of Normal Variation

“Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and many other types of mental illness, are diseases of the brain and should be treated and studied as such,” say Johns Hopkins researchers. Does this statement seem a bit obvious and not exactly rocket science? Although it may, this isn’t how the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) — the… Read More Schizophrenia Is A Disease, Not An Extreme of Normal Variation

Social Interaction Difficulties in Autism

Study Challenges Assumptions About Social Interaction Difficulties in Autism Autism is characterized in part by an individual’s challenges communicating and interacting socially with others. These difficulties have typically been studied in isolation by focusing on cognitive and behavioral differences in those with autism spectrum disorder, but little work has been done on how exchanges for… Read More Social Interaction Difficulties in Autism