New research suggests genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence.

In the study, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found evidence linking genetic factors associated with autism to better cognitive ability in people who do not have the condition.

Nevertheless, the relationship between autism and intelligence is not clear.

Although up to 70% of individuals with autism have an intellectual disability, some people with the disorder have relatively well-preserved, or even higher than average, non-verbal intelligence.

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