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“We hear so much about autism risk factors during pregnancy and delivery. But our kids aren’t born with autism, they develop it later. I don’t get it.”

Today’s “Got Questions?” answer is by developmental-behavioral pediatrician Paul Wang, Autism Speaks senior vice president for medical research.

My 2.5-year-old daughter has a deletion on the short arm of her X-chromosome (Xp22.31). What do researchers know about the relationship between autism and genetic changes? How can I find  researchers who are studying this particular deletion?