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 – April 28, 2014  –– 

A study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics found that a substantial proportion of risk for developing autism spectrum disorders resides in genes that are part of specific, interconnected biological pathways. Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai conducted a broad study of almost 2,500 families and found that there were several copy number variants affecting genes, which were all part of similar cellular pathways involved in brain development, synapse function and chromatin regulation. "We hope that these new findings will help group individuals with ASD based upon their genetic causes and lead to earlier diagnosis, and smarter, more focused therapies and interventions for autism spectrum disorders," said study author Dalila Pinto, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

-Dr. Dalila Pinto, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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