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Geeks and Autism??

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    (Original post by Website)
    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.
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    Does this mean that, as the computer industry increases, there will be more cases of Autism? :confused: Random thought
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    (Original post by saiyamana)
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    Does this mean that, as the computer industry increases, there will be more cases of Autism? :confused: Random thought
    wiwarin mir has autism and is good with computers...maybe
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    hmm i doubt a majority of those interested/good/working in computing are autistic.
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    (Original post by technik)
    hmm i doubt a majority of those interested/good/working in computing are autistic.
    i dont know much about Biology, but cant people have recessive genes, which arent active in them but can be passed on?
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    I do not believe that the cases of will increase, well, not over the entire spectrum, rather in certain areas, like Silicon vally, more cases of autism of the higher end of the spetrum.
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    (Original post by trigger)
    wiwarin mir has autism and is good with computers...maybe
    I am not going to silcon vally, I am quite happy stuck in Medway for the moment.
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    (Original post by wiwarin_mir)
    I am not going to silcon vally, I am quite happy stuck in Medway for the moment.
    i know your not but that wasnt the question
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    (Original post by trigger)
    i know your not but that wasnt the question
    What was the question then?
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    Anyone else noticed the address of the site?
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    (Original post by wiwarin_mir)
    What was the question then?
    when the computer industry increases will there be more cases of autism
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    (Original post by jmz635)
    Anyone else noticed the address of the site?
    No but I do notice it know, thank you for pointing it out.
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    Have you all forgotten what you learnt in GCSE Biology??
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    (Original post by trigger)
    when the computer industry increases will there be more cases of autism
    unlikely in my opinion...
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    :rolleyes: bugger
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    (Original post by ramroff)
    Have you all forgotten what you learnt in GCSE Biology??
    Pretty much :rolleyes:
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