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Tiny But Mighty: Gene Fragments and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author: Anastasiya Maryukova Pankin

Autism is a disorder that affects many children, but very little is known about its cause and development. A new study, conducted by University of Toronto researchers, sheds light on poorly understood tiny gene fragments, called microexons, and their vital role in neuronfunction. Manuel Irimia, a post-doctoral fellow at University of Toronto, and Benjamin Blencowe, a professor at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, led the study.