One out of 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine want to change this.
The School of Medicine’s Dr. Mark Zylka and his research team studied the genome sequences of thousands of children with autism, as well as the genome sequences of their unaffected parents. The researchers pinpointed a mutation that disables a genetic molecular switch to cause one form of autism.
This breakthrough in autism research is just the start. Knowing what causes one form of autism could help our researchers identify therapies for this form and discover the cause of other forms of autism.
The School of Medicine seeks to create innovative medical breakthroughs that improve the overall patient experience. Conducting cutting-edge research like this is one of the many ways we continue to do so.
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