STEM inbreeding?

Posted on November 27, 2011 by


From the Daily Mail:

Engineers, scientists and computer programmers who meet their partners at work may be fueling an increase in cases of autism.

Researchers at Cambridge University are working on the first ‘clear test’ of whether the occupation and university choices of high-achieving parents affect the chances of their child developing the condition.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the university’s Autism Research Centre, said there are currently several clues that parents who work in the fields of maths, science and engineering might have a higher risk of having an autistic child.