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16 September 2010

Why autism affects more boys

A new study is helping unravel an enduring mystery surrounding autism: Why boys are much more likely to be affected by the disorder than girls.

A new study is helping unravel an enduring mystery surrounding autism: Why boys are much more likely to be affected by the disorder than girls.

"Our data indicate that mutations at the PTCHD1 locus are ... strongly associated with ASD," the researchers concluded. They also noted that this gene is typically located on the single X-chromosome in males.

The findings

 
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