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Experts Discuss New Genetic Science Behind Autism

8/23/12 – A study published in Nature on Wednesday finds that older fathers are more likely to pass on mutations associated with autism and schizophrenia than younger fathers.

If Autism is genetic, how can one child develop the disorder while her siblings and parents do not? Heritability is just one component of the science of genes. It’s possible for a spontaneous genetic mutation to occur at the time of an individual conception, leaving relatives unaffected. In this installment of Charlie Rose’s Brain Series, experts weigh in on our rapidly evolving understanding of Autism.

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