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09 June 2011

Spontaneous gene mutations cause autism

Spontaneous and rare gene mutations are likely the cause of autism in families with no previous history of the disorder, a trio of US studies suggested.

Spontaneous and rare gene mutations are likely the cause of autism in families with no previous history of the disorder, a trio of US studies suggested.

Researchers honed in on a region of the human genome that, when altered, tends to either produce autism in an individual or causes a completely opposite, extra-friendly disorder called Williams syndrome.

 
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