Big Break­through

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

Agroup of Pak­istani re­searchers has dis­cov­ered some 30 genes that cause in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity and men­tal re­tar­da­tion, which is rel­a­tively high in the coun­try ow­ing to cousin mar­riages. A team of 12 re­searchers from the Sha­heed Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity ( SZABMU) of Is­lam­abad made the land­mark break­through in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Amer­i­can and Dutch sci­en­tists. The med­i­cal break­through paves the way for neu­ro­log­i­cal medicine, di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dures and pre­ven­tive mea­sures to re­duce au­to­so­mal re­ces­sive in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity ( ARID) and other men­tal ail­ments and hered­i­tary dis­eases in the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion. The re­search has been pub­lished in Na­ture’s Molec­u­lar Psy­chi­a­try, a pres­ti­gious re­search jour­nal with an im­pact fac­tor of 13.3.

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