Posts Tagged "environmental factors"

Environment, Not Just Genetics, At Play In Autism

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 in Autism, Health & Wellness

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – Environmental factors may play a greater role in autism than previously thought, tipping the scale away from a strict focus on genetics, two studies released on Monday suggest. In one, a team at Stanford University compared cases of autism in identical and fraternal twins and found that fraternal twins — who share only half of the same genes — have unusually high rates of autism, suggesting that factors other than genetics may be triggering the disease. In another, researchers at health insurer Kaiser Permanente found mothers of...

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