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News From the Field
Fragile X Protein Linked to Nearly 100 Genes Involved in Autism

December 10, 2012

biology graphic Doctors have known for many years that patients with fragile X syndrome, the most common form of inherited intellectual disability, are often also diagnosed with autism. But little has been known about how the two diagnoses are related. Now, a collaborative research effort at Duke University Medical Center and Rockefeller University has pinpointed the precise genetic footprint that links the two. Full Story

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