Researchers awarded $2.4M NIH grant to study leading genetic cause of autism


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Researchers from the University of Kansas are curious about about a certain chromosome called the Fragile-X chromosome, one of the genetic markers for autism gained from the mother, so it's a good thing they've been awarded a $2.4 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to research the effects of parenting of children with autism as well as to study their genetics. The grant will last five years, allowing the university researchers to continue a ten-year study on the Fragile-X chromosome.

Scientists believe that not only will studying the genetics of these children but also the developmental implications of different types of parenting across many variables, including the genetic markers. In doing so, they may be able to understand more deeply the dynamic relationship between environmental factors and genetic autism.
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