Autism’s Common Risk Genes Identified

March 1, 2019

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – An international research effort headed by scientists from the Danish iPSYCH initiative and the Broad Institute has identified the first common genetic risk factors for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The genome-wide association meta-analysis, involving more than 18,000 individuals with ASD and nearly 30,000 controls, also identified genetic variations between different types of autism. The researchers suggest their findings could ultimately lead to new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

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