A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine led by Harvard's Mark Daly found an association between changes to chromosome 16 and autism. Using a genome-wide association study of Autism Genetic Resource Exchange families, they searched for copy-number variations and found that a de novo deletion or duplication of 593 kb on chromosome 16p11.2 conveys susceptibility to autism.

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