Reuters - "Gene Studies Begin To Unravel Autism Puzzle"

 – April 4, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

A sweeping study of hundreds of families with autism has found that spontaneous mutations can occur in a parent's sperm or egg cells that increase a child's risk for autism, and fathers are four times more likely than mothers to pass these mutations on to their children, researchers said on Wednesday. Dr. Joseph Buxbaum, director of the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a co-author of one of the studies, said the combined results from the three studies suggest some 600 to 1,200 genes may contribute the risk of developing autism. Learn more