A global consortium of scientists this month released a study showing previously unknown genetic mutations contributing to autism in children.
The study, which was published in the online version of Nature, compared approximately 1,000 children with autism to 1,300 neuro-typical kids.
As reported by AFP, researchers found that many DNA mutations were inherited from parents, but others initiated in the children themselves.
Autism affects 1 in every 110 American children.
Hi Eileen ;)
I am currently researching and sourcing some wonderfully interesting information from the scientific community regarding genes, inheritance and other influences on how we came to 'be'.
I personally believe in the influence of our family history/genetics (especially re: Autism) and, occurrences which can alter such, on making up our own unique design (abilities, health predispositions, cognitive presentation etc..).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toRIkRa1fYU (The Ghost in your Genes, parts 1 to 6 - by the BBC Horizon) explores a fascinating and 'new' slant on the familiar and 'current' theories of inheritance and genetics.
The above-mentioned relates to your post here.
Cheers for now,
Thank you for passing this along. It is quite interesting.
I find it encouraging that more and more hard scientific studies are being done RE gene research and how genes and genetic mutations affect neurobiology, as I feel the hard sciences have the greatest chance to discover more accurate and earlier diagnoses of all kinds of illnesses (mental illnesses and physical illnesses) and provide more effective treatments, and possibly even cures or "vaccines", so to speak.
Eileen Garvin is the author of How to be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism.