Autism Linked to an Egg Cell's Difficultly Producing Large Proteins (video) Carnegie Institution for Science Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption Carnegie's Ethan Greenblatt and Allan Spradling discuss their work, which focuses a gene called Fmr1. Mutations in this gene create problems in the brain as well as the reproductive system. They can lead to the most-common form of inherited autism, fragile X syndrome, as well as to premature ovarian failure. They found that Fmr1 serves as a sort of a helper, which boosts the production of critically important large proteins that are difficult for eggs or neurons to manufacture. A higher quality video is available on request. Credit Carnegie Institution for Science Usage Restrictions With credit. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.