NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-led team has identified autism spectrum disorder-related changes in three interacting gene sets, spelling out details about the biological processes behind the neuropsychiatric conditions.

As they reported in Nature Communications, the researchers used copy number variant information and gene family interaction network analyses to look for ASD-related pathways containing potential treatment targets.

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