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Researchers Reveal Autism-Cancer Gene Link

Monday, 12 Aug 2013 08:14 AM

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Researchers have discovered a surprising link between cancer and autism: Some people with a mutated gene known to cause cancer have autism.

The finding is significant and has led to the first clinical trial of children with autism that uses a drug for treating cancerous tumors, The New York Times reports.

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Scientists know that a gene called PTEN causes cancers of the colon, breast, thyroid, and other organs. Ten percent of children with mutations of this gene have autism, as do about 50 percent of children with gene mutations that result in certain types of brain and kidney cancers.

“It’s eerie,” Evan Eichler, University of Washington professor of genome science, says of the finding.

To read the complete New York Times story,  go here.


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