Sisters of people with autism may help us understand condition


How does autism vary between the sexes? There are around four times more males diagnosed with autism than females, but the reasons are not fully understood. The current thinking is that females do not develop some of the symptoms possibly because of genetic, hormonal, environmental or epigenetic mechanisms. Could the difference be down to genes? In very simplistic terms, a mutated gene linked to autism may be present in boys and girls, but in girls it might not cause the same autistic behaviours. There could be a factor, including genes,
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