Researchers performed an experiment consisting of a control group and a mutant to notice the difference among the mice with a single copy of HNRNPU. The mutant mice were found to be much smaller and they cried less when separated from their mothers when compared to the control group. Numerous genes in the mutants were found to be altered in expression when compared to the control. The altered genes are known to be involved in epilepsy and intellectual disability.
I found this article interesting because autism can change a persons life completely. As research is being performed on the effects of autism, we will approach a solution in the future to correct the altered gene or reduce the effects in an individual. While Dugger and her colleagues have not analyzed the data for autism genes, there is a correlation between the HNRNPU gene and expression of genes.