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Clues To Autism’s Gender Bias
By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on April 13, 2012

Clues Into the Gender Bias in AutismAutism is four times more common among males than females, and researchers are getting closer to figuring out why.

“I think the key to actually developing a treatment for autism is to understand the difference between males and females, why female prevalence is much lower,” said Stephen Scherer from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

“They must have some protective factors in their biology. So we think that this finding may lead us to discovering what those protective factors are.”

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