Assortative Mating in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Toward an Evidence Base From DNA Data, but Not There Yet

  • Naomi R. Wray
    Address correspondence to Naomi R. Wray, Ph.D., Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia.
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

    Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
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  • Loic Yengo
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
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          Assortative mating is a nonrandom mating system in which individuals with similar genotypes and/or phenotypes mate with one another more frequently than would be expected in a random mating system. Assortative mating has been hypothesized to play a role in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in an attempt to explain some of the increase in the prevalence of ASD that has recently been observed. ASD is considered to be a heritable neurodevelopmental disorder, but there is limited understanding of its causes.
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