Understanding Genomes

Research partnerships with Ontario Universities lead to...

the decoding of the human genome that are commonly linked to specific medical conditions, as well as providing the world with a better understanding of the genetic factors that underline autism.

Autism spectrum disorder is a group of syndromes characterized by challenges communicating and forming relationships with other people, and often other medical complications.  At the University of Toronto, Stephen Scherer’s contributions using advanced DNA sequencing techniques show that siblings with autism often carry different genetic mutations. The discovery means researchers  must consider the entire genome in order to come up with diagnostics and effective treatments.

The research has led to a better understanding of the genetic factors underlying autism and other conditions.

Dr. Stephen Scherer – Siblings’ autism may have different genetic causes