John Hussman is not a scientist — he's a fund manager. The former economics professor runs the $6 billion Hussman Strategic Growth Fund, where he has a reputation for thoroughly researching potential investments and analyzing the markets, says Fortune's Scott Cendrowski. Now, Hussman is applying his research skills to understanding autism. Ever since his son was diagnosed with the disorder as a child, Hussman has focused his attention on finding its genetic causes.

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