Wednesday, May 26, 2010

SHANK2 gene linked to learning disabilities and autism

Variations in a gene called SHANK2 could be linked to both learning disabilities and autism. Researchers from Heidelberg University Hospital studied 396 people with autism and 184 with learning disabilities. They found more variations in the gene in people with learning disabilities and autism none of which were present in an unaffected control group. The gene is partially responsible for linking nerve cells together via synapses.

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