Autism Tied To Missing Genes; 'Gene Deletion' May Influence Development, Progression Of Disorder

Autism may be tied to missing genes, a new study has found. Researchers at theMount Sinai School of Medicine have determined that individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to have one rather than two copies of certain genes. The findings suggest that this type of deficiency, known as “gene deletion,” may play a central part in the development of the disorder.

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