Experts ID gene variant that may trigger autism

10/24/2011 | Medscape (free registration)

A study in Translational Psychiatry revealed that pregnant women who carry a certain MET gene variant, the rs1858830 C allele, were more likely to produce autoantibodies to the brains of their developing fetus, which may elevate the risk of autism in children. The gene variant was also associated with more intense and prolonged immune response upon bacterial or viral exposure.

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