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Microcephaly Press Releases

Brain scans of a healthy child (left) and a child with microcephaly, polymicrogyria, pachygyria and schizencephaly (right).  Image courtesy of Murat Gunel, M.D., Yale University.

Gene Scan Finds Link across Array of Childhood Brain Disorders
Sunday, Aug 22, 2010
Mutations in a single gene can cause several types of developmental brain abnormalities that experts have traditionally considered different disorders. With support from the National Institutes of Health, researchers found those mutations through whole exome sequencing – a new gene scanning technology that cuts the cost and time of searching for rare mutations.

Blood Markers Associated with Autism and Mental Retardation
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2001
A new study shows that elevated concentrations of proteins present at birth in the blood may be associated with the development of autism and mental retardation later in childhood. The identification of a biological marker early in life and before the onset of symptoms could lead to earlier and more definitive diagnoses, better clinical definitions, and the discovery of interventional therapies for the disorders.
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