Genetic Link: Autism & Schizophrenia

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By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com

Researchers have been exploring any connections between autism, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders for several years, with the hope that each new discovery will bring them closer to understanding, preventing, and treating these conditions. Now new research from Tel Aviv University (TAU) reports that autism and schizophrenia appear to have a genetic link.

Autism and schizophrenia have common traits

Although autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia may not look similar, they have some common traits, according to Dr. Mark Weiser, of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sheba Medical Center. It’s possible that those common characteristics, including social deficits, cognitive dysfunction, and difficulty functioning in the real world, have an underlying genetic thread.

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