The National Institute of Mental Health is currently conducting $120 million worth of research into autism. The medical director coordinating the research has said that what has become increasingly clear is that some environmental factor is, or many environmental factors are, interacting with certain gene types, yielding who knows how many different pathways to the same disease. And although many parents think they know with instinctual certainty what that factor was in their own child, researchers haven’t yet found anything that looks like a smoking gun.
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