The Los Angeles Times reported June 21 on an international study uncovering dozens of new gene variants linked to autism. Study coauthors Dr. Stanley Nelson and Rita Cantor, both professors of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and professors of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, were quoted. Nature published the findings in its June 9 online edition.
The world’s largest DNA scan for familial autism, which linked susceptibility for the disorder to rare genetic variants found 20 percent more often in the DNA of autistic children, was covered June 15 by KPCC 89.3 FM’s “Patt Morrison Show,” June 14 by the Los Angeles Times’ health blog and June 10 by the Voice of America. Dr. Stan Nelson, professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was interviewed by KPCC and VOA. He was one of three UCLA researchers that were part of the international team conducting the study. Published June 9 by Nature, the findings were also covered June 10 by El Mundo (Spain) and June 13 by the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia).
The world's largest DNA scan for familial autism has uncovered new genetic changes in autistic children that are often not present in their parents. Identified in less than 1 percent of the population, these rare variants occur nearly 20 percent more in autistic children. Published in the June 9 online edition of the journal Nature, the findings emphasize the need for larger study samples to illuminate the diverse genetic causes of the brain disorder.
ABC News.com, TIME, USA Today and U.S. News & World Report’s parenting blog, and the news wires Reuters, Agence France Press, Canadian West and the Canadian Press reported June 9 and Scientific American, the Sydney Morning Herald, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News and KABC-Channel 7 reported June 10 on the world’s largest DNA scan, which linked autism to missing and duplicated genes that arise in the DNA of affected children but are not present in their parents. UCLA researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Semel Institute included Rita Cantor, professor of human genetics; Dr. Stan Nelson, professor of human genetics and psychiatry; and Dr.
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Articles published May 12 in New Scientist and Science Now and May 13 in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette about a new autism study cited research by Marco Iacoboni, UCLA professor-in-residence of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, exploring the connection between autism and mirror neurons, cells in the human brain believed to underlie the ability to discern others' thoughts and empathize with them.