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At the time of his TED Talk in 2005, James Watson was researching possible genetic component(s) of autism. His early findings suggested that “a lot of autistic kids are autistic because they just lost a big piece of DNA.” What have we learned about the genetics of autism since that time? Begin your investigation with these resources:

“Autism’s tangled genetics full of rare and varied mutations,” Scientific American, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=autism-genetic-mutations

“Autism study downplays role of genetics,” LA Times, http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/05/health/la-he-autism-20110705

“The great divide in autism research: genetics versus environment,” WBUR Boston, http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2011/07/autism-genetics-vs-environment/

“Super-social gene may hold clues to autism, other disorders,” TODAY/MSNBC, http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44779678/ns/today-today_health/t/super-social-gene-may-hold-clues-autism-other-disorders/

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