It’s not just genes.
The results of the largest autism twin study ever performed suggest that environmental influences during pregnancy may significantly increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among twins. This contrasts with previous thinking – based on much smaller twin studies – that inherited genes, by themselves, account for virtually all of a child’s risk for developing the disorder.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 4, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, joined in announcing significant findings from the largest known study of twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This work, conducted by a consortium of renowned researchers and using material from Autism Speaks Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) was published online today in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
(NEW YORK, NY – April 16, 2007) – Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, today announced the re-structuring of its science department. Sophia Colamarino, Ph.D. is named Vice President of Research; Andy Shih, Ph.D. is named Vice President of Scientific Affairs; Clara Lajonchere, Ph.D. is named Vice President of Clinical Programs, and Alycia Halladay, Ph.D. is named Associate Director of Research for Environmental Sciences.