There are a lot of mysteries about the causes of autism, including if, how, and when ASD is inherited from parents. Scientists know that part of this mystery has to do with how the environment interacts with our genes.
Genetics and autism
Why does one person have trouble learning and speaking, while another person with the same condition speaks fluently and has an advanced degree? Is the answer buried somewhere in our genetic code? Some researchers want to find out.
We hear a lot about DNA, but what is this molecule, really, and what can it tell us about autism?
The different subtypes of autism became a hot topic of discussion in 2017. What did autism researchers learn? Read the Autism Science Foundation's year in review.
A decade ago, hundreds of families began gathering in clinics across North America to take part in an autism research project. They gave blood, answered questions, took tests. How have these 2,600 families influenced our understanding of autism today?
How one mom pushed to get a diagnosis for her son's rare condition, find other children like hers, and amass a database of symptoms. She calls herself a "crazy obsessed, highly caffeinated, middle of the night, internet stalking, Mommy-Detective." And she has the ear of researchers on three continents.
Many parents of children with autism wonder what the risk of autism will be in later generations. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis turned to grandmothers in IAN to try to find out.
Watch this video to learn why it is important for families and individuals with autism to join in so we can all understand more about autism’s causes, treatments, and therapies.
Science saw big advances in 2015 like new numbers on how many people have autism and how early they are diagnosed, as well major legislative changes which provide money for autism research. There were also scientific advances that moved the needle towards improvements to understanding autism and helping those who are affected.
There is a severe shortage of postmortem brain tissue for research. This article presents some of the major advances in autism research made possible through human brain tissue research.