Study Finds We May All Carry Gene For Autism

A large international study of the genes that predispose people to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) suggests that the same gene variants are also present in the wider population, where they can contribute to a range of behavioral and developmental traits with lesser severity than clinical ASD. According to the researchers, there’s no real cut-off point on the autism spectrum — rather, it’s a continuum of complex genetic factors that can affect our behavior. But for a small percentage of the community who have more of certain gene variants than others, this gives them a greater likelihood of demonstrating the social and behavioral traits recognized as clinical ASD. Source/more: Science Alert