NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The human genome shows a wide range of mutation rates along its expanse, and researchers led by Jonathan Sebat, an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, reported in Cell today that genes associated with autism-spectrum disorders and other diseases are often located in regions of hypermutability.

This, the researchers said, indicates that hypermutability regions influence genetic variation patterns and disease risk.

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