Friday, May 30, 2014

New Clues in Understanding Autism

Bronx researchers are thinking about autism in a new way.
Dr. John Greally and his colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have published a paper that details factors other than genetic mutations that might influence a diagnosis on autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.
What we know about autism so far, Dr. Greally said, is that genetic mutations can cause autism. DNA sequencing in recent years has made it possible for us to know this more in depth. But Dr. Greally and his team went one step further, looking at those genes' epigenetics, or their ability to switch on and off.


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