NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institutes of Health plans to fund researchers who will study environmental factors that contribute to risk for autism spectrum disorders, and will use a range of genomic and toxicological approaches to find out how these contributors may cause ASD.

NIH said in a funding announcement on Friday it is particularly interested in supporting projects that examine the joint contribution of genes and the environment in ASD.

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