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Genetics advances and learning disability

  • Walter J. Muir (a1)
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Background

Medicine is rapidly becoming molecular medicine, and little escapes the grasp of modern genetics. Most disorders associated with learning disability have at least a genetic component influencing their expression; in many disorders, disturbances of genetic mechanisms play a pivotal role.

Aims

Dynamic mutations, imprinting mechanisms and gene-dosage effects are explained with reference to genetic disorders that lead to learning disability.

Method

A review of recent important studies in the genetics of learning disability.

Results

A host of new genetic connections to conditions associated with learning disability have been made.

Conclusions

A basic understanding of these genetic connections is important for all learning disability psychiatrists if they are to follow the rapid changes – already beginning to influence our practice – that hold immense promise for the future.

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