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Intellectual disabilities caused by protein defect

07:36 EDT 1 Sep 2017 | Science Daily

Intellectual disabilities are often caused by a mutation that damages a gene, preventing the associated protein from functioning properly. However, a mutation can also change the function of a gene. As a result, the gene in question acts in a completely different way. Researchers discovered this mechanism in fifteen genes playing a role in the development of intellectual disabilities. Their research results show that these changes in function play a more prominent role than previously thought.

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