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Should we say that the autism-gene-carrier is the mother only?

I posted another question about Autism on this category. I'm really curious about the set of details of the condition. Thanks again for all the thoughts>

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:26 AM on May. 6, 2010 in Kids' Health

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Answers (8)
  • The gene for Autisim IS from the mother. Autisim is a genetic disorder with environmental triggers.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:38 PM on May. 6, 2010

  • They don't know. Some say that it is a combination. But since the condition affects more boys than girls. I don't know.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:39 AM on May. 6, 2010

  • No one knows what causes autism, so no, you can't say the mother is the one who carries the gene, especially because there have been multiple genes implicated in the expression of the symptoms of autism, but not all children who have a diagnosis of autism have the same gene mutations and some children with autism don't have any of the known gene mutations.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 AM on May. 6, 2010

  • There is NO specific known cause for Autism! So I would not go around 'blaming' the mother's genes -- It could very well have come from the father, from environmental factors, or from a gene mutation.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:23 AM on May. 6, 2010

  • Actually they have reason to believe that the gene is paternal.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:39 AM on May. 6, 2010

  • Why do they believe the gene is paternal?
    tazdvl

    Answer by tazdvl at 11:06 AM on May. 6, 2010

  • Actually they have a strong reason to believe that there is more than one gene involved - so it's not really the mother or father alone but a combination of things.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:55 PM on May. 6, 2010

  • tyfry, there you go again spouting "facts" that you have no evidence to back up. There is still no definitive scientific consensus regarding what causes a child to develop autism - period. Yes, there are suspicions of all sorts & many theories out there, but zero conclusive evidence at this time.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:08 PM on May. 6, 2010