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Gender Disparities in Autism

Genes for Autism Differ Among Genders

By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on July 31, 2006

Researchers searching for a genetic basis for autism have learned that different genes may be responsible for causing autism in boys than in girls. Additionally, other genes may play a role in the early onset form of the developmental disorder and in the recently verified regression, or late onset, type of autism according to University of Washington investigators.

The new study is published in the online edition of the journal Molecular Genetics, and provides new evidence for the idea that multiple genes contribute to autism. To read the complete article, go to Psych Central website.


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