A child’s environment may be just as important as genes when it comes to the causes of autism. Autism rates have grown much faster than human genes have evolved. Because of this, experts have turned their thinking to nurture, as well as nature.Read more from the New York Times here.
Several new studies published in the journal Neuron revealed that autism is a genetically complex condition, caused by potentially hundreds of gene mutations. About 1 in 110 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say the insight will provide targets to pursue in developing treatments for the disorder.
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