New York Daily News - Researchers Find Three More Genes Implicated In Autism; Some Evidence to Explain Why the Disorder Occurs More Frequently Among Children of Older Parents

 – April 9, 2012  –– 

Researchers said on Wednesday they had found three more genes implicated in autism and turned up some evidence to explain why the disorder occurs more frequently among children of older parents. But many more faulty genes remain to be found and understanding how they do their disruptive work will be an even greater task, the authors said. "We now have a good sense of the large number of genes involved in autism and have discovered about 10 percent of them," said Joseph Buxbaum, a professor of neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "We need to study many more parents and their affected children if we are to uncover the genes important in ASD. As these genes are further characterized, this will lead to earlier diagnosis and novel drug development." 
- Dr. Joseph Buxbaum, Professor, Psychiatry, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Neuroscience, Director of the Seaver Autism Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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