The possibility that there is a form of autism that co-occurs with, or is caused by, mitochondrial disease has recently come under intense discussion.
Genetics and autism
Autism occurs more frequently in certain disorders, including fragile X syndrome, or FXS. Fragile X, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability, is caused by the mutation of a single gene, called FMR1, on the X chromosome.
In recent years, it has become ever more evident that genetic factors play a role in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), although environmental factors may also be involved.
Note: Recruitment for this study has ended. Thanks to all of the families that participated!
Interview with Walter E. Kaufmann, M.D., the Director of the Center for Genetic Disorders of Cognition and Behavior at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Researchers from the Autism Consortium, an autism research collaboration involving major hospitals and universities in the Boston area, have discovered a genetic variation that is strongly associat
Autism is a disorder that is defined behaviorally and the biological causes of autism are multiple.
In research lies hope for the future…