Press release archives
- "Network" analysis of the brain may explain features of autism
- Whole-exome sequencing identifies inherited mutations in autism
"Network" analysis of the brain may explain features of autism
February 27, 2013
A look at how the brain processes information finds a distinct pattern in children with autism spectrum disorders. Using EEGs to track the brain’s electrical cross-talk, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital have found a structural difference in brain connections. Compared with neurotypical children, those with autism have multiple redundant connections between neighboring brain areas at the expense of long-distance links.
Whole-exome sequencing identifies inherited mutations in autism
January 23, 2013
While autism clearly runs in some families, few inherited genetic causes have been found. A major reason is that these causes are so varied that it’s hard to find enough people with a given mutation to establish a clear pattern. Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have pinpointed several inherited mutations—among the first to be identified—through an unusual approach: using whole-exome sequencing to study large Middle Eastern families with autism.