Monday, November 19, 2012

Study aims to unlock mysteries of autism

An Auckland University hunt for the genetic causes of autism has been secured by a five-year Government grant.
Scientist Dr Jessie Jacobsen is one of 10 top up-and-coming researchers to be awarded the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand and worth $8 million over five years.
It is estimated that 1 in every 100 people in New Zealand has autism spectrum disorder, a group of conditions including "classical" autism and Asperger syndrome. Autism spectrum disorders can have a range of symptoms which typically include impairments in communication and language, repetitive behaviours and restricted interests. The exact causes are not known.
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