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Research Finds Genetic Causes Behind Dyslexia

by VR Sreeraman on October 12, 2008 at 1:36 PM
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 Research Finds Genetic Causes Behind Dyslexia

German researchers say that dyslexia, a learning disability whose sufferers struggle with reading and writing, can occur due to genetic causes.

"We are trying to find out which genes cause the disease. A predisposition to dyslexia could be detected by a genetic test to support affected children appropriately at a very early age," says Arndt Wilcke, scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI) in Leipzig.

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The researcher says that the migration of nerve cells to their designated positions during brain development at the embryonic stage is routed by specific genes, which, when defective, can be a cause for dyslexia.

Wilcke points out that evidence for responsible "dyslexia genes" is already existing, and the first steps towards a genetic test have been taken.

However, reckons the researcher, at least five more years will be needed to reach that aim.

Source: ANI
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