Scientists Discover How A Single Mutation Can Cause Autism

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Autism is an incredibly complicated disorder that is thought to be caused by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors. In short, we’re not really sure what causes autism, but a new breakthrough might have just brought us one step closer. Researchers have discovered how a switch in one autism-linked gene mutation could cause the neurodevelopmental disorder in some children.

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