Research finds genetic clue behind gender disparities in autism

04/12/2012 | National Post (Canada)

A change in the SHANK1 gene may explain why boys are more susceptible to autism than girls, Canadian researchers report in the American Journal of Human Genetics. They examined the genes of more than 1,600 patients with autism and found that six patients from the same family had the SHANK1 genetic mutation, but only the males had autism, suggesting a protective factor in females.

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