Researchers Look for Genetic Clues in Autism

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Researchers scan the genomes of the largest collection of families with multiple cases of autism ever assembled, looking for common factors. Researchers in the journal Nature Genetics reports on the initial stages of a project that is hunting for genetic factors in autism The analysis found a region on chromosome 11 that appears to be shared by many of the individuals studied.


Rowland Barrett, director, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Bradley Hospital; associate professor, psychiatry and human behavior, Brown University Medical School, East Providence, Rhode Island

Dr. Edwin Cook, visiting professor of psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago



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