Y the X?
Unravelling intellectual disability and autism
Emeritus Prof of Medical Genetics Newcastle NSW, MD, FRCPC, MRCPE, B.Sc, AO
This book reveals the approach by which the major causes of intellectual handicap have been discovered over the last fifty years. It outlines:
- The process by which abnormalities of small and smaller parts of chromosomes are identified.
- The work of finding of the amazing number of genes on the X chromosome involved in brain function.
- The long journey unraveling the fragile X syndrome.
- The importance of new point mutations originating from older fathers.
- Speculations about the causes of autism and how the male preponderance and increasing prevalence can be explained.
- The importance of the X chromosome in the evolution of homo sapiens.
Gillian Turner is an Australian geneticist who was involved in many of the important discoveries both nationally and internationally. After reading this book you will have a grasp of the basics of genetics and understand the excitement of research and the part so often played by chance.