Middle Eastern Families Help Pinpoint Autism Genes

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 13:21 in Biology & Nature

The hunt for gene mutations that contribute to autism has proceeded slowly, largely because autism encompasses a spectrum of diseases. Just as its symptoms vary widely among individuals, so do the genetic mutations that cause them. Now, by focusing on large families in which both parents share a recent ancestor, scientists have honed in on rare mutations that remained elusive in previous studies.

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