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Help please! is autism genetic, can it be passed from parent to child?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: There is a complex polygenic predisposition .Single nucleotide polymorphisms have been identified in some cases(single gene mistakes). There are a number of specific genetic abn that have been associated with autism-that are identifiable. Most often it is complex and not specifically identifiable.
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Dr. Mohammed Younus
32 years experience
Yes and no: Autism is complicated disorder genetics of which are not well understood. There is no single gene that causes it and there multiple genes responsible. As a rule of thumb if a parent has autism the chances of transmitting to children becomes higher or at least aspects of it get passed on to next generation.
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Autism genetics: A very recent study came out identifying certain genes related to autism. This makes autism one of those diseases where genetic predisposition may play a role.
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Yes: There is a genetic basis for autism in some families.
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