Autism linked to cancer gene

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Researchers say there may be a connection between Autism and cancer.  They unexpectedly discovered that some people with autism have a mutated cancer or tumor gene that caused the brain disorder.

This is not everyone with autism.  But 10 percent of children with mutations of this gene called PTEN also have autism.

This finding is important because researchers can genetically engineer mice with many symptoms of autism and try to develop treatments for the disorder by using drugs that treat tumors. In fact, there’s one going on right now.

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