Scientists may have identified a gene that causes severe autism in women
Studying women with autism spectrum disorder pays off
A clickbait title if i ever saw one, the article sporting this headline from the verge poses some interesting questions for me. First the details:
“Autism in women is rare: men are four times as likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and so scientists haven’t spent as much time studying the disorder’s genetic imprint in women. A newly identified gene could change that, according to a study published in Nature today. The gene has been found to play a role in severe autism in women — as well as some men. The finding could motivate more researchers to study the disorder in families in which multiple women are affected by autism.”
Ok gentleman, its time to see whether or not developments like this are going to increase the amount of funding dedicated toward combatting autism now that theres an opportunity to treat women specifically. more on this to come.