NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A pair of studies appearing online today in Neuron have unearthed new inherited recessive mutations that appear to either contribute to or cause autism spectrum disorder.

For the first of these, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, the Broad Institute, Harvard Medical School, and elsewhere did whole-exome sequencing on nearly 1,000 individuals with ASD and about as many unaffected control individuals.

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