Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gene Change Plus Prenatal Exposure to Pollution Ups Autism Risk

Recent studies have suggested that exposure to high levels of pollution during pregnancy increases children’s risk of autism. A new study shows this risk is higher if a child has a particular gene variation. The research is among the first to show evidence of gene-environment interactions in autism. The study, published in the journal Epidemiology, was led by Heather Volk and Daniel Campbell of the University of Southern California. Autism Speaks is currently funding an expansion of their research.

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