It is no secret gender plays a key role in the risk for a variety of childhood developmental disorders. Discussion of this issue is often difficult as biases in how boys and girls are raised and evaluated can contribute to confusion.
Results of a survey published by Princeton University researchers suggest that a family history of psychiatric conditions, such as autism and depression, could influence the subjects a person finds engaging.
Autism, like other complex neuronal disorders, is usually attributable to the interaction of multiple genetic and environmental factors that have been extremely difficult to tease apart.
Although several disorders with autism-like symptoms, such as the rare Fragile X syndrome can be traced to a single specific mutation, the majority of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) incidents, however, are caused by several genetic mutations.