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New Genes link to Autism and possible other Psychiatric Disorders

EurekAlert‘ has just published an article entitled ‘Researchers discover new genes contributing to autism, links to other psychiatric disorders’ this article can be found here and is in my opinion well worth the read.

The opening paragraph of this article reads…

A new approach to investigating hard-to-find chromosomal abnormalities has identified 33 genes associated with autism and related disorders, 22 for the first time. Several of these genes also appear to be altered in different ways in individuals with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, symptoms of which may begin in adolescence or adulthood. Results of the study by a multi-institutional research team will appear in the April 27 issue of Cell and have been released online.

Another paragraph in the article reads…

“The theory that schizophrenia is a neurodevelopmental disorder has long been hypothesized, but we are just now beginning to uncover specific portions of the genetic underpinnings that may support that theory,” says Talkowski. “We also found that different gene variations – deletion, duplication or inactivation – can result in very similar effects, while two similar changes at the same site might have very different neurodevelopmental manifestations. We suspected that the genetic causes of autism and other neurodevelopmental abnormalities are complex and likely to involve many genes, and our data support this.”

If you are intertested in these subjects please take a look at the original articles.

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