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Single mutation leads to big effects in autism-related gene

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A new study in Neuron offers clues to why autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more common in boys than in girls. National Institutes of Health scientists found that a single amino acid change in the NLGN4 gene, which has been linked to autism symptoms, may drive this difference in some cases. 

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Doctor Walter Koroshetz