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Gene Mutations After Conception Play a Key Role in Autism, Study Finds

What does this study suggest?

What does this study suggest?

While this study helps to suggest where in the brain individuals with autism may be most affected, it also further suggests that autism can be difficult to predict. By nature, post-zygotic mutations can’t be predicted or tracked down. Because PZMs occur in the embryonic cell, the mutation can’t be traced to either parent. While this data is insightful, it also indicates further that the cause of autism is difficult to identify.