Two large studies about Autism were released this week in Nature magazine, and I wanted to make sure you guys saw this information! Time magazine did a wonderful job covering the new discoveries, plus linking parents to more information about Autism.
Here is part of what Time reported and here is the link to the full story!
“The largest genetic study of autism ever attempted – involving more than 3,000 participants from AGRE, 1,453 cases from other sources and over 7,000 additional control subjects – identified genetic variations in a region of chromosome 5 that appears to play a pivotal role in about 15% of cases of autism. What makes this region particularly fascinating is that it seems to regulate gene-coding for proteins that are essential to forming connections in the brain. This fits well with earlier research – including imaging and autopsy studies – that suggest autism is essentially a disorder of poor connections in the brain. . .”
“A second paper in Nature, published