As per a research being published in the journal Nature, it has been revealed that a group of researchers at the University of California, San Diego, has discovered several gene mutations, which tend to increase the risk of autism in children.
Jonathan Sebat, who is a Professor of psychiatry and cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California, San Diego, was of the view that they have also found that having children in late age also increases the chance of developing autism in children. The pattern is increasingly found in fathers, said Sebat.
It is not the first time that research on autism is being carried out, but none of them were able to give a clear picture about the biological basis of the disease. However, they found something new in the research and were also able to know the biological basis of the disease.
Recent research has found that there are thousands of gene mutations that can cause disruption in the functions of brain development and it further leads to autism. Sebat said that the research findings will help to know the reason of autism cases in some 15% to 20% cases.
“But I’d say it’s a turning point. We now have a reliable way forward, and I think it’s fair to expect that we will find 20, 30, maybe more such mutations in the next year or two”, said Sebat.
Dr. Aravinda Chakravarti of the Institute of Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School welcomed the findings of the research and said that the next target should be to find out the reason of gene mutations and to know the reason of specific behavior of genes.