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Posted by Liz R on September 16, 2000 at 17:37:53:

In Reply to: Re: Thank you posted by Teri on September 16, 2000 at 15:49:21:

: : I'm so glad you got to go to the chat!! This board always takes my posts down before anyone gets to read them. Thank you so much for participating.
: I've had my child genetically tested and a chromsome analysis done. There were no anomolies or abnormalities present. I've got two older children that I'm concern for, as I do not want them to put their (future) children at risk should autism be genetic. Does anyone have additional information in this vein? Teri

Dear Teri,

From what I gathered from the chat with Dr. Smalley, there is only a 5% chance of having another child with classic autism and the risk increases if you have a child with PDD or with lesser disabilities.
If in only 60-80% of identical twins studied, both have autism, this seems to suggest that there is only a genetic predisposition and some outside factor triggers the disease.
My personal opinion is that it is only a matter of time before we find out what actually triggers the disease. One of the mothers that testified before Congress had identical twins. One was perfectly normal and the other had autism. I'm not sure what the exact web site is that displays these testimonies, but you could find them by using a search engine.

Sincerely,

Liz R

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