Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Daily Muse: Gene Mutations May Explain Autism

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Some interesting new research about the origins of autism is pointing to gene mutations that affect synapse development in the brain. The news story mentions how just one set of changes in the genes can set the stage for either autism or William's Syndrome, two very different forms of autism spectrum disorder. The new research also seems to help explain why autism is now seen as a spectrum disorder since there is such a huge variety of symptoms, traits and abilities depending on the person. The random genetic mutations would help to explain the wide ranging differences. You can find the story here at Disability Scoop.

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