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Lisa Jo Rudy – About.com Autism / Spectrum Disorders Guide <autism.guide@about.com>May 4, 2009, 6:26 AM
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   Autism / Spectrum DisordersIn the Spotlight More Topics | from Lisa Jo Rudy

Most people believe that genetics plays an important role in the development of autism. But which genes? What do they do? New research provides some insights.

 
In the Spotlight

New Findings Link Genetics and Autism

Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have found new evidence of genetic differences among people with autism. These difference, they believe, could lead to new diagnostic tests and treatments.

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I had questions about the research done at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, so I interviewed one of the principle investigators. Here are his answers to my questions.

 Autism, Genetics, and Spontaneous Mutation
Not all genetic differences are inherited. Spontaneous mutations are genetic differences that are not handed down, but simply occur for various reasons. In some cases, scientists say, genetic mutations may be responsible for autism.

  

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