#Autism Spectrum Disorder Linked to NF1 Gene

Originally posted 2016-11-24 18:29:53.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder characterized by social, communication, and behavioral challenges. The Center for Disease Control says one in 68 or 1.46 percent of children suffers from the condition. Males are more commonly affected than females. The condition is not a disease but a syndrome with genetic and non-genetic causes. A mutation of the NF1 gene is a proposed genetic cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Current treatment methods are ineffective unless symptoms are spotted early in a child’s development. However, with the latest gene editing tools, there is hope for effective treatment via editing or removal of the mutated gene causing ASD altogether.

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