MET Gene LinkedTo Gastrointestinal Problems In Autism

>> Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A new discovery in autism news today. A study author named Daniel Campbell is focusing on a gene called MET, which is involved in brain development before birth and in connections between brain cells after birth, as well as in the process through which the gastrointestinal system repairs itself. He found this in 118 of 214 families, but researchers found no link to the genetic variation in autistic patients who didn't have gastrointestinal problems. That suggests the genetic variation may be responsible for causing autism in this specific group of people, although it may not be related to other cases of autism, Campbell says.

This is very good news for the autism community. Gastrointestinal problems are present in up to 30% of children according to this article. Hope that we will hear more about this in the future. Good luck to all the people who are associated with this finding. Congratulations!!

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