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Large genetic studies have ruled out the idea that the malfunction of a universal gene or set of genes causes autism. And the new papers... revealed that the genetic mutations that are likely responsible for the disorder are exceedingly rare—sometimes almost unique to an individual patient. Even some of the most common point of mutations were found in only about 1 percent of autistic children.
This finding means that the number of genes lurking behind autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is at least "in the hundreds," says Matthew State of Yale University's Program on Neurogenetics and co-author of one of the new studies. "That's a significant change from the '90s when it was [thought to be] five to 15."
Despite the rarity of these genetic code errors, researchers could detect some important patterns in the disparate data. One aberrant gene has already been linked to other social disorders. And by analyzing the role of these genes in neural development, one team of researchers suggests different genetic mutations might often disturb an entire common network.
Originally posted by Reaching
As the parent of a daughter with Asperger's Syndrome, I wish the scientific community would start by agreeing on exactly what constitutes autism.
It is my understanding that there have been discussions about taking Asperger's Syndrome off of the autism spectrum.
Further, a psychologist we saw seemed to believe there is a distinction between Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. A pediatrician indicated they are the same condition with two different names.
When I read about autism research I continually question whether it applies to us.
The world has a along way to go in understanding this condition and given the speed at which it is becoming more prevalent, we had better hurry up.
Originally posted by kalamatas
What gets me is they blame genes as if it's some inherent abnormality that just happens to be there. What about the possibility of environmental factors causing the whole genetic malfunction to begin with. We know there's the possibility of gmo's messing with DNA, and other toxins cause DNA damage. What's the possibility of vaccines causing genetic abnormalities?
Originally posted by Thermo Klein
A thought of my own, as a Psychologist who has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, is that cultural, genetic, and environmental aspects could all be combined in the cause. In my opinion the fact that there are now 100s of genes involved points more to a correlation rather than a solely genetic condition.
She also had regular nightmares. She learned to lucid dream by ten and the nightmares became less common. My son occasionally sleep walks and has very vivid dreams as well. Is this part of it?