Friday, June 26, 2009

Gene Linked to Causes of Autism

More research that may some day help us understand the cause of autism. This just moved from BBC.

Abnormalities in a gene important for learning and memory have been identified as a cause of autism, according to medical researchers in Scottland. The University of Aberdeen findings could hold the key to the future development of new treatments.
Using state-of-the-art genetic mapping techniques, researchers went on to discover that the re-arrangement had disrupted the EIF4E gene. The team then looked in more detail at the make-up of EIF4E in 120 other families with autism.
Dr Zosia Miedzybrodka, reader in medical genetics, said: "Our discovery is particularly important because several genetic signalling pathways, already known to cause autism, are channelled through this gene."

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