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UCLA: One Step Closer to the Cause of Autism

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Sep 19, 2016

Over the last 40 years incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have increased tenfold. Until recently, the cause of autism was a complete mystery. Now a major discovery at UCLA has just brought researchers one step closer to unlocking the mystery of ASD.

The UCLA study found distinctive changes in the levels of tiny regulator molecules known as microRNAs in the brains of people with ASD. These microRNAs control the activities of large gene networks. This finding helps explain why so many genes are abnormal in autism disorders. It could also lead to targeted treatments or preventative measures someday.

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Tags: University of California Los Angeles, Biotech Event, UCLA, biomedical researh, autism research, mircoRNA, Dr. Daniel Geschwind

UCLA Researchers Find Gene Mutation Key to Unlocking Mystery of Autism

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Feb 17, 2016

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Tags: University of California Los Angeles, Autism, UCLA, autism research

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