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14 July 2011

Low empathy response tied to autism gene

People with autism and their siblings share a similar pattern of reduced activity in an area of the brain associated with empathy, researchers say.

People with autism and their siblings share a similar pattern of reduced activity in an area of the brain associated with empathy, researchers say.

In conducting the study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, researchers examined 40 families who had both a teenager with autism and a sibling without the disorder, as well as 40 teenagers with no family history of autism.

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