Autism Linked to Mitochondrial DNA Variation, Possible Cause Gains Traction

Looking beyond the nuclear genome, researchers have found further evidence that the nearby mitochondrial genome, often overlooked, could be an underlying cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study reported an association between ancient mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variants and ASD and was published August 23 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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