Calendar; November / December 2010; Scientific American Mind; by Victoria Stern; 1 Page(s)
11–12 Researchers agree that genetic factors are a predominant cause of autism. Yet each new gene accounts for only about 1 to 2 percent of all cases. Now mounting evidence suggests that many of these defective genes fall along a brain pathway where key neural connections develop. At a two-day meeting sponsored by the journal Brain Research, The Emerging Neuroscience of Autism Spectrum Disorders, scientists will discuss how these insights can help trace the disorder’s genesis and spur novel treatment strategies.