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Dr Valerie Hu - The Biochemistry and Molecular biology of Autism Subgroups

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Photobucket Dr Valerie Hu Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology George Washington University has developed a biomarker screen and biology-based therapeutics based on gene expression. This novel approach has been used to identify genes that differentiate cells derived from autistic and non-autistic individuals with an accuracy of about 90 percent or better. In addition, different gene signatures are associated with different subgroups of autistic individuals, such as those with severe language impairment, with milder forms of ASD such as Asperger’s Syndrome and with savant skills. This association of biological profiles with behavioral profiles is needed for development of therapies targeted to specific symptoms or subgroups of ASD. Also discussed will be Dr Hu revelation of first autism candidate gene that demonstrates sensitivity to sex hormones. Read Decoding The Spectrum http://www.gwu.edu/~magazine/archive/2010_summer/feature_pdf/Autism_Sum10.pdf

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