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Your genes and your environment interact to produce a physical result: in this case, your height. Additionally, few human traits are determined by only one gene. Most behaviors, especially complicated sets of behaviors like those that result in autism, must be determined by the interaction of several genes. indb 34 10/19/09 8:02:11 AM What Causes Autism? 1 Complex behaviors like those that accompany autism result from the interaction of several genes. Genes are composed of DNA and carried on chromosomes.

Indb 44 10/19/09 8:02:20 AM What Causes Autism? 5 Donna Williams. (Donna Flinders) she wrote Nobody Nowhere in four weeks and delivered it to a psychiatrist. It appears that her biography helped the psychiatrist determine that among other ailments, many of Donna’s problems could be explained by autism. The book was published in the United Kingdom and quickly became a best seller. Although Donna considers herself primarily an artist, she is a frequent public speaker and educator on autism and has worked with hundreds of autistic people and their loved ones over the years.

Indb 31 10/19/09 8:02:09 AM 3 What Causes Autism? Robert and Kristen have been married for 10 years. They live in the San Francisco area where both Robert and Kristen work as computer programmers for a software company. Both Robert and Kristen are quiet people; they are shy with others and usually prefer to be alone. They met on the job, and began a friendship when they discovered they shared a passion for the same video game. They live fairly predictable lives. They go to work and spend all their free time together on the computer or working in their garden.

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