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Families needed to learn about cause of Autism

A nationwide autism research study called SPARK hopes to create the largest autism database. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s are trying to get 3,000 local children with autism to sign up for the study by submitting a saliva DNA sample.

Researchers hope the DNA samples and online database will help them gain a better understanding of autism, its causes, and the potential for genetically specific treatments for patients.

The SPARK study is being sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI).

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  1. Dr Jane May 02, 19:20
    Great news! It's so hard to have this conversation with those that have decided not to vaccinate. I firmly believe there is a genetic component with environmental triggers. Hopefully we can discover just what those triggers truly are.