Angelman syndrome is a neuro-genetic disorder characterized by intellectual disability, developmental delays, ataxia, and severe speech and language impediments. Most affected individuals also have epilepsy and microcephaly and many tend to have a happy personality with frequent laughing and smiling. Most cases result from deletions in the 15q11.2-q13 region which carries the Ube3a gene. Loss of Ube3a is considered a diagnostic tool.
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