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Autism and ADHD share some symptoms, but now scientists have found out that the same gene mutation could be causing both of these disorders. A protein called MAP1A helps form the physical structure of nerve cells and is very important for the development of the brain. This protein has never been linked to either disorder, but now after testing patients blood who have either of these conditions, scientist have found that mutations either destroy or severely affect the protein. Control subjects had very few changes to the gene. By finding this information out we are not only re-opening the doors for autism and ADHD research which has been closed for quite sometime. But we are also finding better medical treatments and approaches to these conditions.

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