Gene mutations linked to autism risk

The Autism News | English By The Times of India WASHINGTON: A collaborative team of geneticists from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and several other institutions say that they have found more autism susceptibility genes. The researchers said that they identified 27 different genetic regions where rare copy number variations – missing or extra copies of DNA segments – were found in the genes of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but not in the healthy controls. The complex combination of multiple genetic duplications and deletions is thought to interfere with gene function, which can disrupt the production of proteins necessary for normal neurological development.

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