18 new genes have been linked to autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is subject to much misinterpretation and mystery. While it affects roughly 700,000 people in the UK alone – more than 1 in 100 – the exact cause is unknown. Scientists suspect ASD is a result of a combination and environmental and genetic factors and now, the world’s largest autism database, Autism Speaks’ MSSNG Project, has highlighted an additional 18 gene variations linked to its development.

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