No Single Gene that Causes Autism
Dr. Jeremy Silverman explains that since autism is a genetically complex disorder, meaning that no single gene causes autism, it is difficult to study autism by looking at the whole disorder. Therefore, Dr. Silverman, among others, often focuses on traits associated with autism that may be related to a single gene.
"It makes sense, of course, in many respects, to look at the disorder that you're interested in. We want to find genes for autism, so we look at autism kids."
— Jeremy Silverman, PhD