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14 August 2012 •

A Newsletter from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

NEWS Nonprofit rallies funds to create autism-related mouse model CONFERENCE NEWS: Dup15q Scientific Meeting 2012 Researchers home in on dosage effects of 15q11-13 region Researchers eye pigs for modeling autism-related disorder IN BRIEF Genetics: FOXG1 mutations underlie atypical Rett syndrome Clinical research: Maternal stress doesn't trigger autism Molecular mechanisms: Study links RAS pathway to autism TOOLBOX Software builds function-based gene networks BLOG Rodent roundup Historical perspective

NEWS

Nonprofit rallies funds to create autism-related mouse model
Concerned by researchers' lack of access to a valuable mouse model of autism, a nonprofit advocacy group is dedicating a chunk of its limited resources to the creation of a freely available version.

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CONFERENCE NEWS: Dup15q Scientific Meeting 2012

Researchers home in on dosage effects of 15q11-13 region

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Researchers are beginning to tease apart how dosage of genes within the 15q11-13 chromosomal region contributes to autism symptoms.

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Researchers eye pigs for modeling autism-related disorder
Researchers plan to develop pig models of Prader-Willi syndrome, an inherited disorder caused by the deletion of an autism-linked region of chromosome 15.

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IN BRIEF

Genetics: FOXG1 mutations underlie atypical Rett syndrome
Seven individuals who have the symptoms of Rett syndrome carry a genetic disruption near, or overlapping with, the FOXG1 gene, according to a report published 27 June in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

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Clinical research: Maternal stress doesn't trigger autism
Experiencing a stressful event during pregnancy does not increase the risk of having a child with autism, according to an epidemiological study published 13 June in PLoS One.

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Molecular mechanisms: Study links RAS pathway to autism
An autism-linked mutation in the signaling protein EPAC2 alters the shape of neuronal branches, according to a study published in the June issue of PLoS Biology.

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TOOLBOX

Software builds function-based gene networks
A new tool called Gene2FANs creates gene-association networks based on 14 databases that list gene function as well as protein-protein interactions, according to a study published 2 July in BMC Informatics.

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BLOG

Rodent roundup
SAGE Labs has announced a new partnership with the autism science and advocacy organization Autism Speaks to fund the creation of three new rat models of autism.

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Historical perspective
The debates surrounding the newest changes to the diagnostic criteria for autism have been percolating for decades, writes Sally Ozonoff in an editorial published 16 July in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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