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Cincinnati Children’s Recruits for Nationwide Autism Study

One in every 68 kids in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. Cincinnati Children’s is recruiting Tri-State families to be a part of the nation’s largest autism study that could help find more treatment options.

Cincinnati Children’s is participating in the SPARK study, which will take DNA samples from children who have autism and their parents to hopefully find new genetic traits. Lead Cincinnati researcher Dr. Craig Erickson said the study hopes to find 50,000 trios to participate in the next couple of years.

Erickson said there are currently 50 known genetic variants that they know cause autism. They believe this study can help them find more than 250 more. To learn more about the study, click here.

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