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New Study Takes Closer Look at Genes Connected to Autism

One of the largest studies ever done on autism could help us learn more about what causes it. (SBG)

One of the largest studies ever done on autism could help us learn more about what causes it.

The SPARK study tests the saliva of an autistic person's family, in hopes of finding out more not just about the genes connected to autism, but researchers hope they can discover hundreds rarer genetic variances associated with autism.

This study could even help with treatment as we learn more about the condition.

"Once we know an individual’s specific causes of autism, we can really tailor treatment development to that individual," Autism researcher Dr. Craig Erickson said.

That treatment might be one medication instead of another or a kind of therapy for a child.

If you sign up, all the testing is free and they can mail you a testing kit to mail back.

For more information, visit www.SPARKforAutism.org/CincinnatiChildrens

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