Scientists Identify 50 Genes Tied to Autism

NIH Discovers New "Genomic Variants" in Schizophrenia
NIH Discovers New “Genomic Variants” in Schizophrenia
Discovery provides better understanding of the biology behind the disease and could help in the development of treatments.

Analyzing the sequences of more than 20,000 people, researchers have unearthed the largest and most robust list of autism genes so far, they reported today in Nature. These 50 ‘high-confidence’ autism genes may help researchers understand the biological underpinnings of autism.

The researchers found these genes by scouring the exomes, the protein-coding regions of the genome, looking for rare genetic glitches unique to people with autism. 

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