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Medical News & Perspectives
January 4, 2006

Studies Probe Autism Anatomy, Genetics

JAMA. 2006;295(1):19-20. doi:10.1001/jama.295.1.19

Washington, DC—Advanced imaging technologies and techniques that allow scientists to efficiently comb through the genome for rare gene variants are helping researchers better understand autism and identify its genetic basis, according to new research findings.

Many scientists believe that autism, a disorder defined by a spectrum of social, behavioral, and cognitive deficits, is the result of abnormal brain development caused in part by genes. But identifying the precise genetic and physiological basis of the disorder has proved difficult.