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Webinar: Brian O’Roak discusses the accelerating pace of autism genetics

27 April 2016
The Presenter
Presenter

Brian O'Roak

Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

On 27 April, Brian O’Roak described new strategies for identifying and validating autism risk genes. He also discussed how high-confidence risk genes are giving researchers a better understanding of autism.

You can watch a complete replay of the webinar above.

Use the comments section below to submit questions we didn’t have time to discuss during the Q&A session or to pose follow-up questions for O’Roak.

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  • The apparent complexity is due to the fact that true autism risk genes are rare. The majority of “autism genes’ are autism phenotype modifier genes (common in the population, influencing the same phenotypes in neurotypicals as in autistics) and environmental susceptibility genes. Unless studies focus on both environmental factors and genes, genomicists will certainly find more genes. They are sorting out into the three classes.

  • Phyllis

    Very true…

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