The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus
As researchers sequence, the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.
In late 2013, psychologist Raphael Bernier welcomed a 12-year-old girl and her parents into his office at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. The girl had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and Bernier had invited the family in to discuss the results of a genetic analysis his collaborator, geneticist Evan Eichler, had performed in search of the cause.
As they chatted, Bernier noticed the girl’s wide-set eyes, [...]