An article in the June issue of Scientific American takes a brief look at CNVs and how they are no longer considered a "direct cause of disease." CNVs are now considered to be common. "It's not normal to be walking around with the perfect genome," Matthew Hurles says. However, some are still associated with complex diseases including autism, Crohn's disease, and schizophrenia.

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