Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Link between Testosterone and Autism

Scientists believe that babies that are exposed to high levels of testosterone while in the womb are more apt to develop autistic traits as children.

They are of the opinion that one of the generators of autism could be higher than usual quantities of the male hormone in fetal fluid.

The findings that are soon to be published support the hypothesis that looks upon autism as a genetic condition describing it as an "extreme version" of the male brain.

Earlier observations have indicated that high levels of testosterone in the womb affect do brain development and social development in childhood.


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