NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Autism Speaks yesterday announced nine new winners of its Dennis Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellows grants, including three researchers studying some of the possible genetic and epigenetic factors involved in autism.

Using $530,000 provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Weatherstone awards support "rising talent" in autism research, and most of the grants provide $59,000 over two years to these investigators, who will have mentors overseeing their research.

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