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Joachim Hallmayer discusses new Autism Genome Project study

Joachim Hallmayer, MD, co-author of a widely reported new study on autism, spoke about the findings this morning on KSRO radio.

Hallmayer chairs the committee of senior investigators for the Autism Genome Project, a consortium of 120 international researchers who produced the paper published in Nature. The scientists looked at genetic information from 1,000 people worldwide with autism spectrum disorder and "identified dozens of genetic errors linked to 5 percent to 10 percent of autism cases," reports the San Jose Mercury News. In the article, Hallmayer says:

The hope is that if we know which genes and genetic pathways are implicated in autism, then we can target them more specifically with treatment.

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