A just-released study of twins by researchers at UCSF and Stanford suggests that environmental conditions may be at least as relevant as genes in causing autism. We speak with the lead authors about how these findings may challenge conventional wisdom about the origins of autism.
Autism: New Findings
Joachim Hallmayer, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University and lead author on the autism paper
Neil Risch, director of the Institute for Human Genetics and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the UCSF Institute for Human Genetics and senior author of the autism study
Daniel Coury, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio and medical director of the Autism Treatment Network for Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization which was involved in funding the new research