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For a study slated to appear in the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describe deep evolutionary conservation across genes implicated in autism spectrum disorder. The team began in somewhat unconventional places — honeybee colonies — to try to get a better handle on ASD contributors.

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