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New Study Points to Autism's Environmental Triggers

New Study Points to Autism's Environmental Triggers

Surprising findings suggest surroundings may be on par with genetics in determining risk.
By Peter Fulham from a study at Stanford University and UCSF

An infant's environment may be just as important as genetics in determining the risk of developing autism, according to a new study.

The study, from Stanford and the University of California-San Francisco, looked at 192 pairs of twins, both identical and fraternal, and used a mathematical model to project that environmental factors accounted for as much as 55 percent of the risk of developing the disorder.

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