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Missing Genes May Contribute to Autism Risk

October 10, 2013

Shedding more light on what's behind the developmental disorder, new research suggests that people with autism are more likely to be missing genes than those who are typically developing.

In a genome analysis of more than 800 people, researchers found that gene deletions were more common in those on the spectrum. That means that individuals with autism had a single copy of one or more genes when they should have had two. "This is the first finding that small deletions impacting one or two genes appear to be common in autism, and that these deletions contribute to risk of development of the disorder," said Joseph Buxbaum, a professor of psychiatry, genetics and genomic sciences and neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who led the study published this week in the American Journal of Human Genetics. To read more, click here

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