Siblings with autism often have different genetic mutations: study

January 26, 2015 4:43 PM

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Siblings with autism often have different genetic mutations: study

TORONTO - As if autism wasn't already enough of a puzzle, researchers have discovered that even siblings affected by the disorder often don't share the same genetic mutations that appear to underlie their symptoms.

In a Canadian-led international study of 85 families with two children affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers found that almost 70 per cent of the sibling pairs carried different genetic mutations related to the neurodevelopmental condition.

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