Girls may be protected against autism, new study finds – The Boston Globe | Circa FEBRUARY 25, 2013

FEBRUARY 25, 2013

For years, it’s been known that boys are disproportionately affected by autism spectrum disorders, outnumbering girls 4 to 1. What has never been clear is the reason for the gender imbalance: Were males more biologically susceptible, or were females somehow insulated from the disorder and its suite of communication and behavioral problems? In a paper published last Monday, scientists studied thousands of pairs of twins and found evidence that supports the idea that females are protected.

Source: Girls may be protected against autism, new study finds – The Boston Globe


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