Friday, March 26, 2010

Genes and autism

Anthony Monaco from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University and a team of international researchers have been looking into the links between genes and autism in a study of 661 families in the U.K., the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. The team looked at four genes they thought might be linked to autism and found that two - LRRN3 and LRRTM3 - were significantly associated with susceptibility to autism. LRRN3 is thought to play a role in the development and maintenance of the nervous system while LRRTM3 is thought to be involved in organising the connections between brain cells.

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