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Open questions: What has genetics told us about autism spectrum disorders?

Martin Raff

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MRC Laboratory for Molecular and Cell Biology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

BMC Biology 2014, 12:45  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-12-45

Published: 5 June 2014


Some of the most interesting questions in biology today, in my view, derive from the real advances in neuropsychiatry that have come largely from human genetics. Research in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has been leading the way, mainly because it has become especially well funded and has recently attracted many outstanding scientists. (I must make it clear that I am an outsider in this field, as I have never worked on any neuropsychiatric disorder).