From March 3rd, 2009

Gene Could Link Autism to Digestive Problems

By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY Researchers are studying a gene that may cause both autism and gastrointestinal disorders, a study in Monday’s Pediatrics reports. More than 30% of people with autism also have some kind of stomach or intestinal problem, compared with fewer than 10% of people who aren’t autistic, says study author Daniel Campbell, research assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. Campbell is focusing on a gene called MET, which is involved in brain development before birth and in connections between brain cells after birth, as well as in the process through which the gastrointestinal system repairs itself. In his…