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The highlights of an unprecedented year in advancing diagnosis, prevention and treatment of autism and its associated medical conditions
December 18, 2013

The year 2013 brought signs of a gratifying maturation in autism research. This went beyond the unmistakable increase in the sheer number of autism studies making headlines. Many of the year’s most important advances used new technologies and built on the foundation of knowledge established by years of investment in basic research.

July 04, 2011

It’s not just genes.

The results of the largest autism twin study ever performed suggest that environmental influences during pregnancy may significantly increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among twins. This contrasts with previous thinking – based on much smaller twin studies – that inherited genes, by themselves, account for virtually all of a child’s risk for developing the disorder.

Genetics Alone Cannot Account for the High Rates of Autism among Fraternal, or Non-Identical, Twins

Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, joined in announcing significant findings from the largest

July 04, 2011

NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 4, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, joined in announcing significant findings from the largest known study of twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This work, conducted by a consortium of renowned researchers and using material from Autism Speaks Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) was published online today in the Archives of General Psychiatry.