Scientists identify hundreds of new genes that might be responsible for autism

Though the exact cause of autism remains unknown, scientists may have they have uncovered hundreds of genetic leads that may help them solve the problem. They used algorithms similar to what Facebook uses to find friends. The study, published August 1 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, from Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers could revolutionize future research into the spectrum disorder. It is breaking ground when it comes to learning about the genetics involved in autism. By developing a machine-learning program, they searched the entire human genome to begin finding leads in the genes that are responsible for the developmental disorder. Autism is a mysterious and difficult disorder that can manifest itself in a myriad of ways, ranging from social awkwardness to the inability to be self-sufficient. Prior to the…


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