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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Two autism studies focused on genetics and the environment and on neuro-imaging will receive $5 million under a grant from Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy and research organization.

The funding will go to "expand and link" two multi-site programs that will study over 2,000 infant siblings of children with autism who are at a high genetic risk for developing the disorder. Many of these children will be followed from conception through early childhood.

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