Causes of Autism
There are no known causes of Autism.
The best explanations are ones that involve both environmental and genetic factors. Recently there have been publications linking particular chromosomes to Autistic behavior. The ongoing research about the causes of autism is ongoing and intense. We do know that autism only affects certain areas in the brain and is generally diagnosed before the age of three.
There was some speculation on the MMR vaccination directly related autism but subsequent research could not draw identifiable lines between two.
There are a number of other possible causes have been suspected, but not proven. They involve vaccine sensitivity, digestive tract changes, mercury poisoning, diet, and the body's inefficient use of vitamins and minerals.