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Scientists Uncover Trigger for Most Common Form of Intellectual Disability and Autism

FINDING MAY EXPLAIN MANY BRAIN DISORDERS, LEAD TO PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
A new study led by Weill Cornell Medical College scientists shows that the most common genetic form of mental retardation and autism occurs because of a mechanism that shuts off the gene associated with the disease. The findings, published today in Science, also show that a drug that blocks this silencing mechanism can prevent fragile X syndrome — suggesting similar therapy is possible for 20 other diseases that

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