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New Genes Contributing to Autism

Researchers Find New Genes Contributing to Autism

Discovery of new genes contributing to autism and other disorders may open doors to new therapies.

rearrangements can be induced artificially by using ionizing radiation. This kind of radiation, of which X rays and gamma rays are the most commonly used,

Rearrangements can be induced artificially by using ionizing radiation. This kind of radiation, of which X rays and gamma rays are the most commonly used,. Courtesy: Casey http://trialx.com

While uncovering multiple new genes contributing to Autism and other Neuro-developmental disorders related to the medical disorder researchers find an new way to validate a gene that is connected to a disorder.

It is called balanced chromosomal abnormality (BCA).

It happens when chromosomes replicate.

…sometimes there is an exchange of genetic material within a chromosome or between two or more chromosomes without a significant loss of genetic material.

BCA can cause rearrangements in the genetic code that could result in the development of autism.

In their report published in Cell Magazine, April 17, noted researchers also reveal over 20 new genes connected with autism.

Researchers from 15 institutions in three countries including Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Broad Institute found that due to these rearrangements, BCAs harbor a reservoir of disruptions in the code that could lead to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The researchers also uncovered 22 new genes that may contribute to or increase the risk of autism or abnormal neurodevelopment.

“BCAs provide a unique opportunity to pinpoint a gene and validate it in a disorder,” said Cynthia Morton, PhD, BWH director of cytogenetics, and principal investigator of DGAP. “These discoveries can illuminate biological pathways that may be a window to a new therapy. We are all grateful to the individuals and their families who make these fundamental findings possible through their participation as subjects in these studies.”…More at

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It is an interesting discovery on the scientific level. We wonder what type of therapies may be spawned from the research and hope they come up with something that will be beneficial to the families involved in the their research.

Another question that the discovery brings up is, what is it that is happening to sometimes causes an exchange of genetic material within a chromosome or between two or more chromosomes without a significant loss of genetic material? Any comments?