NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Epigenetic variations may contribute to the development of neurodevelopmental disorders and congenital anomalies, a new study has found, explaining cases where no genetic mutations could be found.

Genetics are thought to underlie many types of neurodevelopmental disorders and congenital anomalies, but for a lot of cases, genomic analysis has been unable to give answers. An international team of researchers has now suggested that instead, epigenetic changes could be involved.

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