Genetic landmarks through philately – autism spectrum disorders: a genetic update

Section Editor: Albert E. Chudley, e-mail: achudley@hsc.mb.ca

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  • AE Chudley

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    1. Section of Genetics and Metabolism, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Children's Hospital, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Albert E. Chudley, MD, Section of Genetics and Metabolism, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Children's Hospital, University of Manitoba, FE 229-820 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3A 1R9. Tel.: +1 204 787 4743; fax: +1 204 787 1419; e-mail: achudley@hsc.mb.ca

Abstract

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) represent a heterogeneous group of developmental disorders that present a challenge to geneticists because of their complex etiology and inheritance. This article reviews some of the advances in our understanding of causation in ASD and the role in which molecular genetic investigations have helped in unraveling the mystery of ASD. There have been few postage stamps issued relevant to ASD. Because of the need for early diagnosis and improved recognition, some countries may consider issuing stamps to highlight the importance of ASD to the population and to raise awareness and money for research funding.

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