As the number of children with autism has increased over the past couple of decades, so have efforts to find causes behind this neurodevelopmental disorder. Research published Wednesday provides new clues about genetic glitches that may contribute to the development of autism among children.
Ten years ago, little was known about the role genetics plays in autism. But improved technology has allowed scientists to delve deeply into DNA to search for answers.
“Ten years ago [it was like] we were looking through binoculars, then we were looking at autism through a microscope, and now it’s like looking at it in high definition,” says Andy Shih, vice president of scientific affairs for the advocacy group Autism Speaks, who was not involved in the research.
Via: CNN Health
By: Miriam Falco – CNN Medical Managing Editor