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August 4, 2006

Autism in Girls Caused by Different Genes

Researchers at the University of Washington say the genes that causes autism in girls may be different than those that cause the disorder in boys. Autism is more common in boys and the new gene discovery may explain that discrepancy.

"And because autism is rarer in females, it may take more risk genes for a female to have autism. There also is the possibility that there might be a biological difference in autism for females versus males."

Different genes may cause autism in girls: study

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