Autism Politico

Discussing the politics of autism.

Editorial #139: Boy Are You Autistic?

Autism Politico has read yet another study that has to do with the genetic origins of autism. Scientists know that genetics causes autism, but many people refuse to believe that, and so that is why Autism Politico wastes space on entries such as these: To beat a dead horse for the edification of those who cannot believe what they are seeing.  

Researchers from Toronto report in the journal Science Translational Medicine that a small percentage of boys with autism carry a gene mutation that’s not seen in those without the condition.

The mutated gene is called PTCHD1 and is located on the X chromosome. Dr. John Vincent, who led the research and is the head of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Molecular Neuropsychiatry and Development Laboratory, says that since boys have only one X chromosome, they have no “backup ” to make up for genetic variants.

That explains that.

So…

We’ve always known that more males than females present with autistic symptoms.

We also know that autism is caused by genetics (although there are still some flat-earthers who believe it is caused by mercury).

And now we know WHY autism is present in males more than females.

Need we add that this study also reiterates the point that autism is genetic?

Yes, we need to add it, because the flat-earthers need to hear it again, so that they can go to bed in a bad mood. (And maybe so that they can get into the 21st century and start accepting the science. And why not? It’s the SOCIAL thing to concur with popular opinion anyway right?)

“(Autism) is not like something like cystic fibrosis, which is a relatively straightforward disorder with just one main gene involved. We believe that in autism there are many, many genes contributing,” he said.

Tah-Daa!

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

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September 27, 2010 - Posted by | Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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