New research improves understanding of autism’s underlying causes

A team of scientists have identified the so-called “genetic switch” which can contribute to a certain form of autism.

Research published in an American journal last month showed a link between Dup15q syndrome and an enzyme abnormality in the brain.

The team at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine found that the mutation caused the enzyme to continuously mark proteins for destruction.

The findings are the latest breakthrough for scientists who are examining the link between gene mutations and autism.

While the link has come to light in a variety of previous studies, the exact reason that the mutations cause autistic spectrum conditions is still little understood.

It is hoped that by building up a greater understanding of what is happening in a person’s brain, experts may eventually be able to develop more effective therapies.

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