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Mutations in Autism Gene Increase Risk in Boys

19:00 EST 3 Dec 2012 |

Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have identified five rare mutations in a single gene that appear to increase the chances that a boy will develop an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Mutations in the AFF2 gene, and other genes like it on the X chromosome, may explain why autism spectrum disorders affect four times as many boys as girls. The mutations appeared in 2.5% of boys with an ASD. Mutati

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