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"Largest-Ever Genetic Study Of Autism Yields New Insights" - Francis Collins

  • NIH: Director's Blog
  • New York, NY
  • (February 04, 2020)

In a landmark study that analyzed the DNA of more than 35,000 people from around the world, the NIH-funded international Autism Sequencing Consortium identified variants in 102 genes associated with increased risk of developing ASD, up from 65 identified previously. The study reported in the journal Cell was led by Joseph Buxbaum, PhD, professor of psychiatry, neuroscience, genetics and genomic sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The detailed comparison allowed them to discern genes that are more associated with features of ASD, as opposed to those that are more specific to these developmental delays.

Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Director, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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