Getting into the Genetics of Autism
A recent international study involving researchers from 37 institutions is one of the latest contributors to that knowledge base. The study, which appeared in Nature, has reported that genetic differences in the top 107 genes were found to impact an individual’s risk of autism. This study is the largest in autism to date, with data collected and analyzed from 3,871 autism cases, 2,270 sets of mothers, fathers and affected children and additional control samples. The scope is thanks to the Autism Sequencing Consortium, which was originally funded by the Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation and the Seaver Autism Center within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
- Dr. Joseph D. Buxbaum, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Genetics and Genomic Sciences, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment