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The dog barks at me but no-one else
- Mar 22, 2018
- 33d 4h 2m
What’s particularly interesting about the Denisovan addition to the human genome is its location. According to the researchers, the specific area of 16p11.2 they identified as being Denisovan in origin is part of a locus which “exhibits an enrichment of complex recurrent structural rearrangements, which predisposes humans to the second most common genetic cause of autism, accounting for ~1% of patients.” To be more specific, the Denisovan CNV is directly adjacent to the area of the chromosome where genes known to be associated with autism are.