Researchers Associate Diverse Spectrum of Neurological Problems to Chromosome Abnormalities with Autism

Researchers at Signature Genomic Laboratories, which performs diagnostic genetic testing of chromosome abnormalities in individuals with unexplained physical and developmental disabilities, including autism, recently characterized a broad spectrum of developmental and behavior problems in individuals with a DNA imbalance that has been associated with autism.

Although the causes of autism are not well understood, it has long been established that genetic predisposition is a primary determinant of susceptibility to autism. Recent searches for genetic aberrations in large populations of individuals with autism or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have identified missing or extra copies of a small portion of DNA on chromosome 16 in a few of these individuals.

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