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In Nature Genetics this week, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital report data indicating that genetic variants involved in autism are also involved in a range of social and behavioral traits. The team analyzed data from several genome-wide association studies of autism and population-based resources, and found that up to 25 percent of common variants linked to autism also contribute to typical social behavior and communication.

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