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Keywords

Autism, developmental disability, genetics

 

Authors

  1. Johnson, Heather L. DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP (Associate Professor [Director, FNP/WHNP Program])

Abstract

ABSTRACT: The condition presently known as autism spectrum disorder was first described in the literature nearly 80 years ago. Since then, the research community has mounted a quest to discover the etiology of the condition in hopes of discovering prevention, treatment, and cures for this developmental disorder. The field of autism genetics has made progress in understanding what genes are and what are not associated with autism. This article provides a brief overview of the evolution of autism genetics and describes the current state of science in realizing genetically informed prevention and treatments.