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UCSD joins massive autism study
San Diego Union-Tribune

UC San Diego will participate in the largest genetic autism study ever undertaken in the United States.

The university’s Autism Center of Excellence is one of 21 research centers nationwide to join the initiative which will collect DNA and other clinical information from 50,000 Americans diagnosed with the disorder.

But the total numbers will be bigger than that. The parents, and siblings, of each participant are also asked to submit samples, likely pushing the study’s total size to about 150,000. That dwarfs all previous efforts in genetic autism research. The largest similar study to date, published in 2015, compared the genetic sequences of 5,500 people and made significant inroads in expanding knowledge of how autism works, highlighting 65 genes suspected of playing a role in the disorder.

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