Is autism hereditary?


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As of 2014, the main cause of autism is unknown, though certain genetic and environmental factors are attributed to it. A person may develop primary autism, where the underlying factors cannot be identified or secondary autism, where the factors can be identified.

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Primary autism accounts for about 90 percent of autism cases while secondary autism takes the rest percentage, as stated by the National Health Service, or NHS. Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a condition that affects the behavior, communication and interaction of a person. Many researchers believe that there are certain gene that children inherit that make them susceptible to autism. As of 2014, there are no genes that have been associated with ASD, and there is also no test for screening "ASD genes," as stated by NHS.

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