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Steve Edelson, Ph.D. and Lenny Schafer
Genetics and the Environment
A growing number of scientific studies have demonstrated an association between genetics and exposure to environmental insult, such as toxins, as a risk for autism.
Researchers investigating this issue estimate that 40% to 60% can be attributed to genetics, and the complementary 40% to 60% can be attributed to the environment.