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Predicting Autism

One of the most frightening and frustrating things about autism spectrum disorders is that we don't fully know what causes it or how to determine which children will have it until they start to show symptoms. The opacity of ASD has led to some wild speculation about what causes it, even leading some people to shun science and risk lives by neglecting have their children vaccinated, in the misdirected fear that the two are linked. But new research suggests there may be a better way to predict who will get ASD.

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