Harper and Engel: Research Offers Hope for People With Fragile X, Autism

Recent scientific developments linking Fragile X Syndrome and autism have ushered in a renewed sense of hope in the disabilities community.
Just last year, researchers discovered specific connections between these genetic conditions. But to fully grasp the significance of this breakthrough, one must first understand Fragile X.
Fragile X-associated disorders are tied to a mutation on the X chromosome. The Fragile X gene produces a protein that plays a critical role in regulating other genetic activity. This process is interrupted in people with Fragile X, leading to neurodevelopmental and behavioral impairments. As a result, these individuals generally experience developmental and language disabilities throughout their lifespan.

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