Researchers examine autism risk in half-siblings

04/19/2012 | United Press International

Half-siblings of children diagnosed with autism have an elevated risk of developing the condition because they share an estimated 25% of their genes, according to a study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Researchers reported 10% to 11% of the 4,832 full-siblings studied had autism, compared with 5% to 7% of 619 maternal half-siblings.

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