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Breakthrough in autism research

By Samira Ahmed

Updated on 29 April 2009

Scientists have made a breakthrough in their research into the genetic mechanisms which cause autism.

man looking through microscope (credit: reuters)

They claim it matches the discovery that revolutionised the understanding and treatment of cancer 30 years ago.

For the first time, scientists claim three major studies have helped pinpoint genetic mechanisms underlying autistic disorders, including ones which are relatively common.

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