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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Good question. Autism is now being ''treated'' in the press.
Please talk to your doctor.

In brief: Yes
Good question. Autism is now being ''treated'' in the press.
Please talk to your doctor.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Although there is a clear genetic contribution to autism, many, many children with autism are born to families with no prior history of the disorder.
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