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The new developments in the study of autism and related pervasive developmental disorders are actively in progress. So much so that as this document is being written new and exciting information about autism and genetics has surfaced that may help us gain a better understanding of the disorder. The article, "New Autism Gene Doubles Risk" by Daniel DeNoon discusses the MET gene that has recently received some attention in autism research. Many recognize that autism is a disorder that affects social and learning development but it may also affect the body as well. The MET gene may explain why digestive problems like "leaky gut" are so prevalent among the autistic population. The complex interaction between the MET gene and environmental factors may be involved with the occurrence of autism and related pervasive developmental disorders/