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Pediatric genetics researcher returns to Rady
San Diego Union-Tribune

For about a year now, Cynthia and Danny Heinemann have known the cause of their daughter’s severe autism: a previously undetected genetic mutation.

On Friday, they learned that they are not alone.

The couple and their 10-year-old daughter, Lisel, met with Dr. Joseph Gleeson at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, where the pediatric neurologist shared a paper published in May by a research group in Seattle.

The study’s results showed that seven others have been found with the mutation discovered in Lisel’s genetic code — and all exhibit similar symptoms.