International effort expands list of genes tied to autism

A massive sequencing study spanning seven countries links 38 new genes to autism or developmental delay and intellectual disability.

The study, published Monday in Nature Genetics, underscores the power of collaboration: Researchers from 15 institutions teamed up to recruit more than 13,000 people with one of the conditions.

The work highlights genetic differences between the conditions. Autism, intellectual disability and developmental delay share several risk genes, which has led some researchers to speculate that autism is, in some cases, a form of developmental delay.

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15th February 2017