Study: Inherited Gene Mutations May Cause Autism
Research increasingly shows autism is caused by groups of genetic mutations, with study after study finding that at least some of these mutations can be passed down from parents to their children. The most recent study to focus on mutations reviewed data on more than 2,700 families and showed that parents without autism can possess and pass on genetic mutations that in many cases cause autism. "These findings are a major advance in understanding the genes that play a role in autism," said Dr. Raphael Bernier, clinical director of Seattle Children's Autism Center and one of the researchers who participated in the study. "Knowing more about these genes will set the stage for personalized medicine by allowing for targeted treatments specific to an individual. This gives parents more insight and information about their child's condition."
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