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Gene deletions found in individuals with autism

| October 7, 2013

Using powerful genetic sequencing technology, a team of investigators, led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, scanned the genome of hundreds of individuals, and discovered those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have gene deletions than were people without the disorder. That means those individuals — seven percent of the study group — had one copy of one or more genes when they should have had two.

The scientists further report, in the American Journal of Human Genetics, that their analysis suggests the deletions may result in the miswiring and altered activity of brain neurons.

Read the full, original story here: Genetic Analysis of Individuals With Autism Finds Gene Deletions

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