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The industries in Silicon Valley attract computer geeks who probably find it difficult to mix socially. They are more likely to meet partners who also carry autistic genes, often meeting partners through their work. According to Dr Robin Hansen, if a man has four genes for autism, making him a computer wizard, and his partner has three genes for autism, the children may inherit a total of seven genes for the condition. The parents may show mild to moderate Asperger syndrome, but the effect in the children is cumulative, causing full-blown autism. In Britain, Dr Simon Baron-Cohen believes a similar effect is at work in Cambridge, known as "the Silicon Fen", another area which attract hi-tech workers. Recent surveys of primary schools in the Cambridge area found similar rates to those reported in the Silicon Valley. Note: the genes for the condition have not been fully identified so the figures of 4, 3 and 7 are for illustrative purposes only.