Genetics of childhood disorders: XLVI. Autism, part 5: genetics of autism.

  title={Genetics of childhood disorders: XLVI. Autism, part 5: genetics of autism.},
  author={Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele and E T Cook and Paul J. Lombroso},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry},
  volume={42 1},
Autism is one of the most heritable complex genetic disorders in psychiatry. Despite this high heritability, autism has a heterogeneous etiology, with multiple genes and chromosomal regions likely to be involved. Scientists are using both indirect and direct approaches to identify autism susceptibility genes. Indirect approaches include the characterization of less complex genetic disorders that share some of the symptoms of autism, including Rett syndrome or fragile X syndrome, in the hope… CONTINUE READING
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