16 May '11, 7pm

Spontaneous Gene Mutations in Autistic Children: What Causes ASDs?

Spontaneous Gene Mutations in Autistic Children: What Causes ASDs?

A week ago, a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that the autism rate in a community in South Korea is 2.6% or 1 in 38, a far higher estimate than ever before accounted for. Just a generation ago, autism was considered a rare disorder, found in perhaps in 1 in 10,000 children, so it's no wonder that people are asking "why." Many point to the past decade's expanded diagnostic criteria for autism as a likely reason for the increase in the prevalence rate of autism to the point that some talk about an epidemic. In the absence of any definite explanations, theories about vaccines or something in vaccines or highway pollution or when a child is conceived or all manner of environmental agents persists. Scientists also continue to research the genetics of autism, though the genes they've identified tend to be found in only a few individuals. A new stu...

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