Friday, January 26, 2007

New study from India indicatesthat a gene passed on by fathers may result in Autism Spectrum Disorder

A study of autism in India has found that a gene passed on by fathers may be at least a contributing factor.
Scientists at the Manovikas Biomedical Research and Diagnostic Centre in Kolkata, the former Calcutta, called their findings "a possible paternal effect." But they warned their work is based on a small sample of autistic children.
Autism is a brain disorder marked by difficulties in communication and problems with language and social skills.
"We're seeking clues to unravel the cause of autism -- this is important for science and for parents with autistic children," Swagata Sinha, a psychiatrist and member of the research team told The Telegraph. "Every parent wants to know the exact cause. And, at the moment, we have no answer to give them."
The findings were published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics.