BBC News - "Deleted Genes 'Offer Autism Clues'"
US researchers looked at the genetic profiles of more than 431 people with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and 379 without, and found those with an ASD were more likely to have just one copy of certain genes, when they should have had two. Joseph Buxbaum, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Genetic and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who led the research team, said, "This is the first finding that small deletions impacting one or two genes appear to be common in autism, and that these deletions contribute to risk of development of this disorder." The findings were published in The American Journal of Human Genetics. Learn more