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Autism Spectrum Disorder Family Study

The autism spectrum disorder families include families with autism and Asperger syndrome
(N=1709). The genealogy of the families with autism spectrum disorders has been studied, and
20 nuclear families have been linked to one large core pedigree, originating from a single small
farm in a village of the late-settlement region of Central Finland some 5–10 generations ago.

Contact persons:
Anu Jalanko, firstname.lastname (at)
Aarno Palotie, ap8 (at)

Key reference:

Linkage and linkage disequilibrium scan for autism loci in an extended pedigree from Finland.
Kilpinen H, Ylisaukko-oja T, Rehnström K, Gaál E, Turunen JA, Kempas E, von Wendt L,
Varilo T, Peltonen L. Hum Mol Genet. 2009;18(15):2912-21.