Scientists Link Gene Mutation to Autism Risk

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    Scientists Link Gene Mutation to Autism Risk - New York Times

    Teams of scientists working independently have for the first time identified several gene mutations that they agree sharply increase the chances that a child will develop autism. They have found further evidence that the risk increases with the age of the parents, particularly in fathers over age 35.

    Scientists have been debating the relative influence of inherited risk and environmental factors in autism for decades, and few today doubt that there is a strong genetic component.
     
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