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Autism: highly heritable but not inherited

The genetic basis of autism is beginning to come to light. De novo mutations in gene copy number may have a big role.

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The author is at Baylor College of Medicine as Chair of the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, which generates revenue by offering array CGH on a fee-for-service basis in collaboration with Athena Diagnostics using custom arrays from Agilent Technologies.

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Beaudet, A. Autism: highly heritable but not inherited. Nat Med 13, 534–536 (2007).

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