Today I saw a report describing a new study to release that focuses on 27 genes possibly contributing to autism. Sex steroid hormones are part of the focus of the study. Bhismadev Chakrabarti and Simon Baron-Cohen are two of the authors of the study.
“The team carried out 2 experiments. First they looked at these genes in 349 adults in the general population, all of whom had filled in the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) as a measure of autistic traits, and the Empathy Quotient (EQ) as a measure of empathy. Secondly, they looked at 174 adults with a formal diagnosis of AS, and compared them to controls.” The Medical News reports.
I don’t often see estrogen emerge as a contender for contributors to autism. I’m not absolutely that is the case here, but there is that potential. But, as noted here and here, I’m playing with that notion.
The question is, if testosterone controls the rate of maturation, does estrogen manage the timing. If so, might autism be some explained?