Autism may have genetic connections

Published: May 03, 2020

A recently conducted study has revealed that autism may be having certain genetic connections. According to, siblings of children who are already affected with autism are more likely to fall prey to the disease themselves. This new knowledge has led to several investigations to probe into the biological basis of the disease. The latest study has been conducted by a group of researchers at the Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Studies. The study has revealed that together with two previously acknowledged genes which were found to be responsible for the disease, a new gene called molecule 2 or NCAM2 has been found to be having links with autism. NCAM2 is generally found in hippocampus region of the brain which is also associated with the disease.

As reported by, the study has given further evidence that the disease holds its basis in the genes which also affects neural profile. “While mutations in the NCAM2 gene were found in a small percentage of the children that we studied, it is fascinating that this finding continues a consistent story — that many of the genes associated with autism are involved with formation or function of the neural synapse,” explained Dr. Ning Lei, lead researcher.

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Published May 03, 2020 by Harsh in news
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