• Question: can you get autism late in your life if you was not born with it?

    Asked by its_courtney to Jonathan, Kellie, Kevin, Melissa on 4 May 2016.
    • Photo: Jonathan Jackson

      Jonathan Jackson answered on 4 May 2016:

      Hi Courtney,

      Awesome question! Autism is still very much a mystery to many scientists. As far as we know now, it seems to be a disorder that starts when babies are still developing in the womb. So it doesn’t seem possible to get autism late in life, although it’s possible that a person waits until they’re older before they receive a diagnosis.

    • Photo: Kevin Baker

      Kevin Baker answered on 4 May 2016:

      Good response, Jonathan. I always heard it was during development, but it is not my topic of study.

    • Photo: Melissa Wilson Sayres

      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 4 May 2016:

      I have a collaboration with a lab at Yale Medical center that we are trying to get funded, studying gene expression in the placenta. We think there are some candidates genes expressed in the placenta that might explain the sex-bias in autism.