Genetic mutations not inherited from parents appear to explain some cases of autism , new research suggests. And the mutations may number in the hundreds.While the new research is a step forward, it is a small puzzle piece. "It could explain up to 2% of all autism cases," says researcher Stephan J. Sanders, MD, a postdoctoral research associate at Yale University's Child Study Center. Even so, he says the new research -- reported as a trio of studies in the journal Neuron -- provides a solid foundation to a better understanding of the biology of the disorder, eventually leading to better treatments.
Fascinating. I used to work with a family who had two children - one with autism and one with Williams syndrome. Chromosomes and social development - I just think that is so interesting. Every study gets us closer to understanding, even if its a small percentage at a time.
Esmerelda Supercalifragilistic (40) DD (4) DS (1) Just eat it, will ya
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