Middle Eastern families yield intriguing clues to autism

Friday, July 11, 2008 - 12:07 in Psychology & Sociology

Research involving large Middle Eastern families, sophisticated genetic analysis and groundbreaking neuroscience has implicated a half-dozen new genes in autism. More importantly, it strongly supports the emerging idea that autism stems from disruptions in the brain’s ability to form new connections in response to experience – consistent with autism’s onset during the first year of life, when many of these connections are normally made.read more

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