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 since they share an estimated 25% of their genes, according to a study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Researchers reported that 10% to 11% of the 4,832 full siblings studied had autism compared to 5% to 7% of 619 maternal half siblings.

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