Note: This story below Junk' DNA can cause autism, groundbreaking study finds was published just yesterday. Feel free to read it, and share your thoughts. "With no family history of autism, the genetic cause of these individuals' conditions was probably spontaneous, not inherited, mutations, researchers said."
I have 3 children with autism, I had to look up the word, SPONTANEOUS. It means "spur of the moment," something that doesn't happen in my home unless it's cleaning up a crapisode (kidding, we no longer have those, so take heart younger parents.) Spontaneous out of the blue oh my golly gee what could have done this genetic mutations may have caused this RAGING epidemic.Groundheartbreaking.
Junk DNA appears to be scientifically controversial - which may mean that it's existence serves a purpose for industry, profit, etc. From Futurity.org. Researchers have determined how satellite DNA, considered to be “junk DNA,” plays a crucial role in holding the genome together. Their findings, published recently in the journal eLife, indicate that this genetic “junk” performs the vital function of ensuring that chromosomes bundle correctly inside the cell’s nucleus, which is necessary for cell survival. And this function appears to be conserved across many species. Read more here. "Futurity features the latest discoveries by scientists at top research universities in the US, UK, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The nonprofit site, which launched in 2009, is supported solely by its university partners (listed below) in an effort to share research news directly with the public."
Junk' DNA can cause autism, groundbreaking study finds
Disorder doesn't appear to be caused by specific genes, but by "regulatory DNA'
Mutations in so-called "junk DNA" can cause autism, according to a groundbreaking study published Monday.
The study, which used artificial intelligence technology, is the first to link such mutations to the developmental disorder. Researchers have been looking for specific, autism-causing genes since 2003, when the human gene was first mapped.
The research, led by Olga Troyanskay, deputy director for genomics at the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Biology (CCB) in New York City and a professor of computer science at Princeton University, in collaboration with Robert Darnell, the Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor of Cancer Biology at Rockefeller University and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, was published Monday in Nature Genetics.
Researchers used machine learning to conduct analysis on whole genomes of 1,790 individuals with autism, as well as their unaffected parents and siblings, according to a news release from the Simons Foundation, via Eureka. The Flatiron Institute is the research division of the Simons Foundation.
With no family history of autism, the genetic cause of these individuals' conditions was probably spontaneous, not inherited, mutations, researchers said.
According to the foundation: Read more here.