Genetic Test Reveals Geography and Ancestry, Not Autism

Kermit Cole
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Last September a paper in Molecular Psychiatry purported to have found a “Genetic Test To Predict Risk for Autism”. In a letter to the journal, however, researchers from the Center for Autism Research and Treatment and Program in Neurobehavioral Genetics at UCLA find that a look at the data set reveals that the genetic variance reflects a difference in geographic location, and ancestry, rather than in autism.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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