NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An international team led by Oregon Health and Science University researchers has identified new genetic risk factors for developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They noted that a small percentage of gene mutations in parents can lead to an extremely high frequency of genetic mutations that cause ASD in children.

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