Reading the following article
Autism and genetics: A breakthrough that sheds light on a medical mystery - Science, News - The Independent
The "what if?" Flags are going up for me again on this topic.
I have copied the section below which caught my eye most.
"The Autism Genome Project, involving more than 1,500 families from across the US, Canada, Britain and the rest of Europe, attempted to identify the genetic side to the disorder through genome-wide scans of the DNA of patients. The researchers concentrated on a type of genetic difference that distinguishes one person from another, called copy number variations (CNVs), where the same stretch of DNA containing up to 20 genes is replicated several times.
They found that autistic children were likely to carry about 20 per cent more CNVs than ordinary children. They also found that many of the CNVs found in autistic children were not carried by their parents, but were newly arisen, probably prior to conception during the formation of the egg or sperm – like the chromosome changes leading to Down's syndrome."
(I am aware of the negative connotations made by linking probable similarities with Down's syndrome)
Oh yes i do realise that i will be getting lots of people who are of the opinion that it's a terrible debilitating life long condition and a genetic mutation. I am also sure i will be accused of glorifying ASD.
But i think not.
There is also the huge increase of ASD... a 400% increase in the last 10-15 years.
When thinking this over i pondered darwins theory of evolution on natural selection.......
Your thoughts please?