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Gene linked to common intellectual disability
Date:11/13/2013

lays an important role in setting up architecture and networks in the brain, which become disrupted due to the mutation," Associate Professor Shoubridge says.

"The discovery of this genetic link is an important step forward but there is still much work to be done. We're now looking further at the mechanism of the reduction in ARX protein and what that means for the brain at a functional level."

Associate Professor Shoubridge says up to 3% of the population is affected by some kind of intellectual disability, costing $14.7 billion each year in Australia alone.

"The personal cost to families is enormous, especially in the most severe cases. Being able to unravel why and how these disabilities occur is very important to us and to the many people whose lives are affected by these conditions," she says.


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Contact: Cheryl Shoubridge
cheryl.shoubridge@adelaide.edu.au
61-881-618-105
University of Adelaide
Source:Eurekalert

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