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November 01, 2011

Treating Autism

Autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are linked to different genes in different people, and multiple genes could be involved in each affected person. These genetic factors, in turn, may interact with as yet unidentified environmental factors. It is now known that new mutations show up in children whose parents do not carry the mutation. Additionally, it turns out that in cases where underlying genetic mutations have been identified, the gene abnormalities don’t necessarily predict the disorder. Click here for more on what basic research is uncovering. In terms of drug development, many do not expect a single therapy to treat all ASDs, and an individualized approach will require plenty of R&D. We want to know where you think things will go in terms of finding a treatment for autism.

Do you believe researchers will ever develop a successful personalized medicine approach to treating ASDs?

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