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(Salt Lake Tribune)   Scientists find 24 new genetic markers for autism, which can be arranged 6.2E23 ways. But who's counting   (sltrib.com) divider line 6
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2013-01-17 04:04:07 AM
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What people don't realize is that all forms of autism aren't necessarily bad. Yeah, the extreme low to non-functioning versions are hell, but the high functioning versions aren't all that bad. It's cool to have savant skills as long as it doesn't seriously deplete other areas of your brain. Think Kim Peek; the man who inspired Rainman. He had an incredible encyclopediatic ledge of things, but he was mentally a child and died young. One person I recall could compose beautiful music by ear. If there ever came a cure for autism we would be deprived of some great creativity. I wouldn't take it. I like being able to type 110+ words a minute. Goes great with my writing. It's also cool to be able to tell the exact time of day give or take three minutes but usually spot-on. My mind isn't depleted in other areas although this ADHD nonsense is a swift kick in the ass.
2013-01-16 09:05:19 AM
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Avogadro, apparently.
2013-01-16 10:26:24 PM
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Came for a good guacamole reference, leaving disappointed.
2013-01-16 12:31:18 PM
1 votes:
Even though they found 24 new ones, they also confirmed the existing ones.

Good news, I suppose, maybe. No real consolation to parents, but maybe it'll make it easier to get treatments and programs paid for.

Of course, when does the in utero screening get developed, and how much public outcry will there be against it? I'm trying to remember if there was much upset for screening of Down's, but I know there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth about screening for deafness.
2013-01-16 11:13:23 AM
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smitty:

www.aerojockey.com

Genes do not combine that way.
2013-01-16 09:26:43 AM
1 votes:
6.2? Surely you mean 6.022.

/moley moley moley
 
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