In an interview for online news outlet OZY, Joanne Ruthsatz answers questions about her findings that more than half of the geniuses she tested have a close relative with autism. Ruthsatz—a psychologist at Ohio State University—found a common genetic marker between the prodigies and their relatives with autism, which their neurotypical relatives didn’t share. The similarity involves a mutation on the short arm of chromosome 1.
Ruthsatz plans to continue her work by searching for the difference in those with autism. She states in the article that she hopes to “arrive at the prodigy gene that allows all the deficits in autism to be put at bay, letting the talent shine through. We think it’s going to be one or two genes. We don’t think they will be massive genes that are different.”
You can read more on autism characteristics and treatment approaches in the Leader’s April issue, which goes live—including exclusive online content—this Monday.
Shelley D. Hutchins is content editor/producer for The ASHA Leader. firstname.lastname@example.org.