Air pollution, gene variant linked to higher autism risk in children

12/2/2013 | Medical News Today

Exposure to high concentrations of air pollutants combined with the MET genotype in children was associated with a greater likelihood of developing autism, according to a study scheduled to be published in the journal Epidemiology. The study was the first to show "a specific interaction between a well-established genetic risk factor and an environmental factor that independently contribute to autism risk," study author Daniel Campbell said.

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