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Researchers Identify Genetic Systems Disrupted In Autistic Brain 167

hessian sends this excerpt from Medical Xpress "Autism has a strong genetic basis, but so far efforts to identify the responsible genes have had mixed results. The reason for this is that autism is influenced by many different genes, and different genes are involved in different individuals, making it hard to find the common genetic ground between patients. Now, research conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has shown that despite this fact, the different genes involved in autism tend to be involved in specific processes in the brain. This can explain, on the one hand, similarities in the behavioral symptoms of different autistics, but also the large spectrum of behaviors observed in different autistic individuals."
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Researchers Identify Genetic Systems Disrupted In Autistic Brain

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @02:06PM (#39859637)

    There is malice, then there is malice that causes the death of hundreds.

    While I am personnaly againts the death penality, that guy is guilty beyond any shadows of a doubt. The facts are as follows:

    1- He wanted to sell a "vaccine alternative"
    2- He decided the best way to do that was if people were afraid of vaccines.
    3- Profit

    That was his plan, and because of it hundreds of kids are now dead.

    I wish him the worst

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @06:05PM (#39862335)

    People with autism lack empathy, and don't understand human emotions properly. It confuses them, and can put them in awkward positions as they rack their brain trying to guess what a non-autistic person would have done in similar circumstances.

    Just wanted to mention, non-autistic people have the same lack of empathy toward autistic. And you'll also find a lot of empathy among those on the spectrum. (Seems to be especially strong among females on the spectrum, from what I've seen.) A lack of understanding of how that empathy is portrayed by autistics has resulted in a strong believe that there is a lack of empathy.

  • by MarkRose ( 820682 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @07:09PM (#39862853) Homepage

    Considering that 1 in 88 [] have a form of autism, I think a lot of people underestimate how common it is.

    I think the real problem is those who use it as an excuse for a lack of effort and for not taking personal responsibility, stigmatizing the syndrome, not the syndrome's prevalence.

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