Despite research, no genetic markers have been found as a cause for autism, although some conditions like mitochondrial dysfunction have been associated with the likelihood of developing it.
The growing field of epigenetics may help provide an explanation of how toxins in our environment, such as vaccines, food, and industrial ingredients, play a role in genetic and metabolic expression. Epigenetics is the study of changes occurring in the environment which modify gene expression, while not altering the genetic code itself. An article in Reproductive Toxicology explains that these changes in genetic expression can lead to diseases like autism, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and depressive disorders.
Testing to rule out expressed genetic mutations or disease is not routinely done prior to vaccination.
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