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DNA Scan for Familia Autism Finds Variants That Disrupt Gene Activity in Autistic Kids

Sunday, 22 August 2010 20:02

The Autism Genome Project has found that rare variants in DNA that occur in less than 1 percent of the healthy children occur nearly 20 percent more in autistic children. Also of interest is that in many cases, the autistic child was the first in their family to carry that variant—the parents did not have it. “The finding parallels what takes place in chromosomal disorders like Down Syndrome.”

Read the full article here: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/world-s-largest-dna-scan-for-familial-159750.aspx