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Reports on New Genetic Findings
August 24, 2009

TIME magazine published an article, "A Genetic Clue to Why Autism Affects Boys More," which highlights a study recently completed by researchers at UCLA. In the study, published online by the journal Molecular Psychiatry, scientists identified an autism-risk gene, CACNA1G, which is more common in boys than in girls. The study, funded in part by Autism Speaks, utilized Autism Speaks' Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE), a database of DNA from families with at least two or more children with autism. The gene identified is located on chromosome 17, a region already implicated in autism. Read the full story here.