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Researchers Discover Genetic Patterns of Autism - featured June 14, 2010

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[Source: Time Magazine]

An international group of researchers reports the discovery of a set of rare genetic variations that may increase susceptibility to autism spectrum disorders. The new study, which came out of the Autism Genome Project Consortium, the largest database of genetic information from families with autism, was published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Autism researchers welcomed the new paper as valuable progress in understanding some of the causes of a largely inscrutable disorder. "I think this paper is important because it's one in series of ongoing large studies that continue to really chip away very nicely at the mystery of autism," says Dr. Daniel Geschwind, director of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Tags: News of the Week Autism Newsletter 18 June 2010