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Tune In: Autism Speaks' Dr. Geri Dawson on Autism Genes Discovery

April 27, 2009

Tune in to the CBS Evening News and ABC World News on Tuesday, April 28 to watch Geri Dawson, Ph.D., chief science officer for Autism Speaks. Dr. Dawson will appear on both programs to discuss the latest findings from two scientific studies she co-authored which identify genes with important contributions to autism spectrum disorders. One study pinpoints a gene region that may account for as many as 15 percent of autism cases, while another study identifies missing or duplicated stretches of DNA along two crucial gene pathways. Significantly, both studies detected genes implicated in the development of brain circuitry in early childhood. Autism Speaks board member, Kevin Murray and his family are also featured in the CBS Evening News piece.

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Read a press release about the findings here

Additional coverage of these two breakthrough studies can be found at: