10/02/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
London – A new study suggests children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have a higher likelihood of having additional or missing chromosomes than their peers. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), researchers found that kids with the disorder were twice as likely to have abnormalities in their DNA. ADHD is said to affect millions of children worldwide.
Anita Thapar, a professor at the MRC Centre in Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University, who helped author the study, is quoted by the AP as stating of the research findings, “This is the first time we’ve found that children with ADHD have chunks of DNA that are either duplicated or missing.”
More information about the study may be available in the online publication of the Lancet medical journal.
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