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Submission + - Autism linked to multiple gene mutations (nytimes.com)

UnknowingFool writes: Monday was Autism day and teams of scientists are pointing to multiple gene mutations as the possible cause in some forms of autism. These mutations, called de novo mutations are not inherited but develop near or at conception. The risk of these mutations increase with parents older than 35 and are more likely to occur with the father's genes as sperm are more susceptible to fluctuations. While the studies have found that certain mutations occur in a small number of autism cases, the discovery provides some answers as brain development is influenced by hundreds if not thousands of genes.

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