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Gene disorder link to autism questioned
San Francisco Chronicle

Children with a genetic disorder known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome are often also diagnosed with autism at rates of up to 50 percent. But those children may not be autistic, according to a new study from the UC Davis MIND Institute.

The disorder is caused by the deletion of a small part of the 22nd chromosome, resulting in widely varying symptoms, such as heart abnormalities or a cleft palate.