Researchers flag hundreds of new genes that could contribute to autism

  Researchers flag hundreds of new genes that could contribute to autism Posted August 4, 2016; 02:15 p.m. by Adam Hadhazy for the Office of Engineering Communications Investigators eager to uncover the genetic basis of autism could now have hundreds of promising new leads thanks to a study by Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers. In the first effort of its kind, the research team developed a machine-learning program that scoured the whole human genome to predict which genes may contribute to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The results of the program’s analyses — a rogue’s gallery of 2,500 candidate genes — vastly expand on the 65 autism-risk genes currently known. Researchers have recently estimated that 400 to 1,000 genes underpin the complex neurodevelopmental disorder. This newest research provides a manageable,…


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