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Read more about: Autism genes

Get the latest autism updates from SPARK, including information about genes and ASD research, webinars, and personal stories from our community.

Our ‘genes’ page provides short, easy-to-understand descriptions of genes linked to autism. Under ‘research’, you’ll find the latest updates from SPARK and other autism studies. In our ‘stories’ section, families, scientists and others share their journeys. In our monthly webinars, speakers from the autism community provide useful information for families and people with autism. All are welcome–invitation links are issued in our monthly newsletter. If you have suggestions for webinar topics, please email us at

On the Edge of Autism

Caitlin and Chad Calder long suspected that their daughter Della had autism. But they didn’t get an official diagnosis until they learned she had a change in the ASXL3 gene.

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Breaking Down Autism Genetics

In this webinar, Pamela Feliciano, Ph.D. discusses basic genetic terms and concepts, as well as the impact SPARK, will have on genetic discoveries in autism. This webinar is 60 minutes long.

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Supersized Research

To understand the genetics of autism, scientists have to study a lot of people. Pamela Feliciano, Ph.D., SPARK’s scientific director, discusses the challenges of engaging a large group in research.

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People with mutations in FOXP1 have what is known as FOXP1-related syndrome. They often have intellectual disability, developmental delay and autism-like behaviors.

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SHANK3 is one of the genes most commonly linked to autism. Nearly 1 percent of people with autism have changes in this gene.

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People with a disruption in the ASXL3 gene typically have severe intellectual disability, impaired speech and features of autism. They may also have low muscle tone, significant feeding difficulties and distinctive facial features, such as a prominent forehead and arched eyebrows. The condition is also known as Bainbridge-Ropers syndrome.

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