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Archive for December 18, 2014

Gene fragments linked to brain development and autism

autism genetics

While the anti-vaccine movement enjoys the simple (and very wrong) answer to the cause of autism, there are people who want the actual truth. This drive had lead to a slew of causes (and risk factors) for autism in recent times. Now scientists¬†have found that very small segments of genes called “microexons” influence how proteins interact with each other in the nervous system. In turn, this¬†opens up a new line of research into the cause of autism.