New autism genes identified

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Researchers at Geisinger Health System say they’ve identified more than a dozen genes causing autism and related brain disorders, 
Scientists at  Geisinger’s  Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) say they’ve uncovered 17  genes causing autism,  intellectual disability,  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, epilepsy, schizophrenia,  and bipolar disorder.
Researchers reviewed nearly 400 studies, and identified 241 genes, including 17 not previously linked to autism and brain disorders.
They say the study shows  changes in the same gene can cause different brain disorders.
They hope to  use those findings to  understand the basis for the disorders and explore genetically targeted therapies.
“Geisinger is committed to utilizing the rapidly advancing understanding of genes involved in autism and other brain disorders to improve patient health and well-being through personalized and precision care, and eventually, new treatments,” said David H. Ledbetter, Ph.D., Geisinger executive vice president and chief scientific officer, who was a co-author on the paper.
The study is published in the online issue of  the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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