Study Links Autism Gene To Language Disorder In Kids

November 6, 2008

A new study has found a link between a childhood language disorder and a particular gene associated with autism................Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study has found a link between a childhood language disorder and a particular gene associated with autism.

Researchers were led by Simon Fisher of the University of Oxford.

The idea behind the study was to try and find a gene that was linked to the development of this language disorder.

The disorder is known as specific language impairment and impacts 7% of all pre-school children.

The study began by looking at the gene FOXP2, which eventually lead to them to the gene CNTNAP2.

The study focused on 184 families, and found that kids who had this CNTNAP2 gene were most likely to develop the disorder.

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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