Autism is a horrible neurological condition which debilitates the sufferer and tears up the family with grief and worry for their childrens’ well-being. Parents hurt when they see their children hurting. Autistic children do not react to the world the same as everyone else. In fact, some autistic children don’t seem to react at all. Parents and educators alike struggle with ways to communicate with these children and to try to bring them in the reality in which we know.
No one really knows why this neurological disorder occurs, though there has been much hype recently brought on by Jenny McCarthy that vaccines are the cause of autism. Many parents came forward noticing the changes in their babies after the vaccines and concur with Jenny that vaccines are the cause. However, the medical community has found no evidence that immunization causes autism.
New research conducted on over 2, 300 children worldwide shows that there are several gene mutations which are now associated with the development of autism, clearly indicating the complexity of the neurological disease. Scientists in Canada, the USA, and Europe combined their expertise to compare normal children against autistic children in this study and found that the children afflicted with autism had several missing pieces of DNA, and gene mutations not found in the control group.
Some of these mutations were actually passed down by one parent; some developed at the time of birth. All of these mutations effect the way the cells in the brain can grow and communicate with the rest of our biological makeup.
About 3 percent of these genetic markers are inherited; while each autistic individual has his or her own unique set of genetic markers. Dr. Stephen Scherer of the Hospital for Sick Children explained to CTV News. “We didn’t think about it that way before.” The unique family gene makeup is a breakthrough in autism research.
Though this research still cannot identify what causes autism in the first place, it will spur on more research in this area.
Furthermore, new tests can be developed to quickly identifying the genetic markers. Hopefully new research will one day put an end to this horrible disease and parents can be certain that their children are well and happy once and for all.
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