Practical applications of this research
At this point, both of the studies may have revealed new insights about genetic variances between people with and without autism, but they don’t tell us anything solid about what causes autism. The genetic variations certainly help to describe the differences between people with and without autism, and in turn this information may provide useful in the search for defining the cause of autism. Whatever new information this data may help unearth, it already gives the medical community additional information that can be used to spot autism early on. Because the genetic mutations present very early in individuals, in some cases even before birth, their presence can be used to predict and diagnose autism long before behavioral symptoms would surface.