ERIC Number: ED485722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Autism and Genes
National Institutes of Health
This document defines and discusses autism and how genes play a role in the condition. Answers to the following questions are covered: (1) What are genes? (2) What is autism? (3) What causes autism? (4) Why study genes to learn about autism? (5) How do researchers look for the genes involved in autism? (screen the whole genome; conduct cytogenetic studies; examine linkage ratios; and evaluate genes based on their known functions) (6) What have researchers found by studying genes and autism? (chromosomes where important genes are likely to be found; potential candidate genes; and body chemicals that may play a role in autism) and (7) What does the future hold for studies of genes and autism? A glossary is included at the end of the document.
NICHD, P.O. Box 3006, Rockville, MD 20847. Tel: 800-370-2943 (Toll Free); Fax: 301-984-1473; Web site: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/autism.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Parents
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.