Autism Speaks' Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) Continues to Support Genetic Research and Findings

June 25, 2009

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 25, 2009) - Autism Speaks' Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) continues to play an integral role in continuing genetic research and new findings in the complex autism inheritance puzzle. In a study published in the June 26 edition of the journal PLoS Genetics, a research team including geneticists from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) identified 27 different genetic regions where rare gene variations - missing or extra copies of certain genes - were found in children with autism, but not in the healthy controls. The complex combination of multiple genetic duplications and deletions is thought to interfere with gene function, which can disrupt the production of proteins necessary for normal neurological development.

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