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Wrights Visit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

October 21, 2007

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Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright visited the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York on May 10, 2007 to review the latest autism research with Nobel Prize Winner Dr. James Watson. Watson, together with Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA in the 1950's and found that the double helix could "unzip" to make copies of itself — confirming suspicions that DNA carried life's hereditary information. The Wrights and the team of scientists at Cold Spring Harbor reviewed the processes by which new cancer treatments were discovered by uncovering the underlying genetic mechanism, and discussed how such techniques might be applied to autism. From left to right: Dr. Michael Wigler, Dr. Tony Zador, Dr. Alea Mills, Dr. Jonathan Sebat, Suzanne Wright, Bob Wright, Dr. Jim Watson, Dr. Bruce Stillman.