Autism: SHANK gene may indicate the severity of the disorder


Thanks to a large-scale study conducted on nearly 1,000 autistic patients, scientists succeeded in mapping the clinical incidence and impact of certain genetic mutations linked to the cognitive and intellectual abilities of the patients. Mutations affecting the SHANK3 gene were shown to coincide with the most severe cases of autism and are associated with 1 out of 50 children with autism and intellectual deficits.

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