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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DNA Study Of Tens Of Thousands With Autism

Study to Gather DNA of Tens of Thousands with Autism

[The Washington Post, in:] | April 25, 2016

Scientists funded by the Simons Foundation Research Initiative on Thursday announced the launch of an online research initiative that aims to gather DNA and other information from 50,000 people with autism and their family members.
Although the cause of the social communication disorder is unknown and believed to be a mix of environmental and genetic factors, scientists have identified some 50 to 70 genes that may play a role in the condition. Some estimate that a total of 350 or more could be involved.

"Results regarding the genetic architecture of autism spectrum disorder." Source:

<more at :; related articles and links: (You hold the power to shape the future of autism research. The mission of SPARK — an online research partnership involving 50,000 individuals with autism and their families — is simple. We want to speed up research and advance understanding of autism. Help us spark better futures for all individuals and families affected by autism.) and (Emory joins launch of SPARK, the nation's largest autism research study. April 24, 2016)>

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