child holding map

Autism Spectrum Disorder (Grove, 2016)

WEEKLY UPDATE: September 12, 2019

STUDY TITLE: Identification of common genetic risk variants for autism spectrum disorder

SUMMARY: Identification of novel genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorder.

DESCRIPTION:  Autism spectrum disorder affects cognitive development in childhood, often leading to impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, and obsessive interests. While autism spectrum disorder is thought to be highly heritable, only a few genetic variants have been linked to it. This genome-wide association study on 46,350 individuals of European ancestry identified 12 novel variants associated with autism spectrum disorder. The genetic variants help explain about 12% of the heritability of autism spectrum disorder. Several of these genetic variants have been previously linked to other psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and depression and are located in and around genes involved in brain development and function.

DID YOU KNOW? While autism spectrum disorder cannot be prevented, an early clinical diagnosis can help reduce symptoms. Therapies typically aim to aid the development of social skills. [SOURCE]


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Nebula-personalized-results-genomics-1024x375.png

What is Autism?
Early Signs of Autism (Video)

Share this post
Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on print
Share on email

Get your own kit today!

Contribute to medical breakthroughs and get rewarded. Understand your genes. Own your health data.