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Recommendation: Wiring the Brain- The Genetics of Emergent Phenotypes

I mentioned this blog post in my post on “Autism Speaks: I Want to Say”, but I think it deserves its own post recommending it.

The Genetics of Emergent Phenotypes, on Wiring the Brain.

The blogger (who is a scientist) looks at genotypes vs. phenotypes as they apply to autistics, people with schizophrenia, and people with epilepsy. He points out that each applies to approximately 1% of the human population, which is a huge number. And there seem to be large variations in the genotypes of people with each of these conditions (i.e. there are a number of different genotypes that can result in autistics, or in people with schizophrenia, or in people with epilepsy).

The post argues (rather convincingly, with a number of links to references) that the wiring of the brain has certain “steady states” (my own words, I’m paraphrasing here – I highly recommend you read the post itself) that it can develop into as a result of a number of different possible mutations / issues with the neurological wiring as it develops. He provides examples and comparisons, and does it well.

It’s a fascinating read, and he manages to get it across without getting too technical, and using images to help people create visual models of what he’s discussing (which is very helpful). I actually recommend his entire blog, but I thought this post deserved special mention.

So, there you go! Now, go forth and read! 😉

😉 tagAught

By tagÂûght

I’m in my mid-thirties. I’ve lived in Canada all my life (Toronto and St. John’s), but I’ve travelled to Florida, Massachusetts, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Costa Rica. I love airplane travel (as long as there are no noisy kids around me!). I’m proud to be Canadian (though Harper might end up changing that!).

I have ASD, aka Autism Spectrum Disorder. Strictly speaking, I’ve been diagnosed as having Aspergers, but (for Canada and the US, at least) that diagnosis is going to be melded with ASD as of May, with the publication of DSM V. Having ASD, and the job I do at the moment (see First Post), is why reading the blogs I mentioned above inspired me to start one of my own about my life in general.

Back in October, I got my driver’s license (as opposed to driving permit for learners) – after twenty years of effort and trying. A lot of thanks is due to my instructor, who has dealt with people with ASD before, and so knew how to teach me for the test (I was able to drive before, just not pass the test, due to anxiety and problems with multi-tasking).

I’m a fanatic writer of SF and Fantasy, both fanfiction and original, and I devour books as well.

I love animals, in particular cats, and I have a fascination with wolves, wild cats (including the big cats), orcas, and the physiology of cephalopods.

I love the wilderness – though I don’t really have the endurance (at the moment, at least) to go hiking or camping out.

And, rather importantly, I’m not someone who thinks about political correctness when it comes to vocabulary. I use what seems right when it seems right. That will include calling myself a person with ASD, or an Autistic, or an Aspie. I’m me; I can call myself what I want.

So, enough about me. Go read my posts – they’re more informative!

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