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Will the Supreme Court Gene Patent Ruling Affect the Autism Community?

Posted by Dan Smith, PhD, Autism Speaks senior director for discovery neuroscience


On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that simply isolating a human gene does not give an individual, company or organization the right to patent its use. This is a ruling that most researchers and clinicians welcome.

What's the connection between autism and depression?

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from Christopher McDougle, MD, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Lurie Center for Autism, a member of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

Autism, Old Grandpas and Mom's Childhood

Two new research reports shine light on multi-generational influences on autism. Here's some much needed perspective on what they mean - and don't mean...

Posted by Alycia Halladay, PhD, Autism Speaks senior director of environmental and clinical sciences