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Inheritance and Genetics of Autism

Inheritance and Genetics Information

Inheritance of Autism:

Autism Research: NIMH (Excerpt)

Evidence suggests that some family members of people with autism may share with them milder, but qualitatively similar, behavioral characteristics of autism. (Source: excerpt from Autism Research: NIMH)

Autism: NIMH (Excerpt)

Several studies of twins suggest that autism- or at least a higher likelihood of some brain dysfunction-can be inherited. (Source: excerpt from Autism: NIMH)

Autism: Genetics Information

Genetics of Autism: Recent studies strongly suggest that some people have a genetic predisposition to autism. Researchers are looking for clues about which genes contribute to this increased susceptibility. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Autism Information Page: NINDS)

About inheritance and genetics:

Inheritance of Autism refers to whether the condition is inherited from your parents or "runs" in families. The level of inheritance of a condition depends on how important genetics are to the disease. Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited, partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited, and non-genetic diseases are not inherited. For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.


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