New causes of autism found in 'junk' DNA: Neurodevelopmental condition can result from mutations in the noncoding regions of the human genome, research shows
May 31, 2019
Leveraging artificial intelligence techniques, researchers have demonstrated that mutations in so-called 'junk' DNA can cause autism. The study is the first to functionally link such mutations to the neurodevelopmental condition and the first clear demonstration of non-inherited, noncoding mutations causing any complex human disease or disorder.
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