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Is autism genetic?

Is autism genetic?

Yes and no: ASD without association with known disorders such as Down syndrome, Fragile X, and many others, certainly has an important genetic component, but these same genes associated with autism are also associated with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, and others responsive to SSRIs, AND highly desirable qualities like musical, artistic, mathematical and other savant traits in the family ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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What are the ways that genetic factors and environmental factors contribute to autism?

What are the ways that genetic factors and environmental factors contribute to autism?

Work together: Over a very short period of time the incidence of autism has increased so significantly that genetics alone cannot be the explanation. Environmental influence on genetically susceptible individuals can explain the increase. There are thousands of subtle genetic differences that may only present clinically under certain environmental influences. Decreasing negative environmental exposures is key. ...Read more

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Son was just diagnosed with autism. 2 of his cousins also have (from 2 different siblings of mine). what are the chances this is genetic?

Current standard of : practice is to obtain a Chromosomal Microarray and a DNA Probe for Fragile X in all children with Developmental Delays &/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. These require a blood sample or the kids' pediatricians can contact Lineagen Lab ( in which I have no financial interest) at (801) 931-6224 to obtain a kit for buccal swab testing. A clinical genetics evaluation would be needed for positive results. ...Read more

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What are the genetic basis of autism? Is this disorder paternal or maternal?

What are the genetic basis of autism? Is this disorder paternal or maternal?

Both: Parents each give 50% of a child's genes so equaly likely to contribute what ever risk they have genetically. There are some specific gene abn assoc with autism. Snp-single nucleotide polymorphisms(genes that have mistake based minor abn) that result in things like enzyme dysfunction have been identified associated with autism. Most often complex and hard to pinpoint. ...Read more

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My son genetics X & Y chromosone are normal. Can he still have the chance to have autism?

No one can tell: Chromosomal analysis isn't meant to predict or diagnose autism, which is rather a complex disorder that needs healthcare professionals with expertise in child development and behavior to diagnose and treat, best wishes ...Read more

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Is it possible for a child to be born with autism without any familial genetic connection?

Is it possible for a child to be born with autism without any familial genetic connection?

Yes: See the website mindinstitute.Org. Epigenetic influences like certain viruses & toxins can change the function of fetal genes without changing gene structure. In some instances this causes the set-up for autism. One human study correlates with animal studies. Moms who had fever for a week or more with the flu/other virus had a 3x higher risk of having a child with autism. More studies are needed. ...Read more

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Which type of genetic disorder is autism?

Which type of genetic disorder is autism?

Fragile X Syndrome &: > 30 other known genetic syndromes can cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Copy repeat errors on genetic microarray occur in another ~15% of folks with asd. Epigenetic factors (some viruses & toxins) change function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes. The risk for siblings of kids with ASD of unknown etiology (cause) to develop signs of ASD is 20-40%. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What causes autism, do you really get it from childhood immunizations or is it genetic?

Not immunizations: Immunizations may be the single safest, most effective heath intervention produced in the last 100 years. They are proven to be 99% effective, safe and haved saved literally millions of children's lives. There is no scientific evidence that any vaccine causes autism and huge amounts of independent research proving that that they do not cause autism. Immunize! ...Read more

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How do you get autism? Do you really get it from childhood immunizations or is it genetic?

Not from immunizatio: Autism is a disorder that appears to start during a pregnancy. In some cases it appears to be an inherited disorder but in others the etiology is unknown. There is no scientific linkage between imunization and autism. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more