Sep 28, 2021

High-profile autism genetics project paused amid backlash

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A large, UK-based study of genetics and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been suspended, following criticism that it failed to properly consult the autism community about the goals of the research. Concerns about the study include fears that its data could potentially be misused by other researchers seeking to ‘cure’ or eradicate ASD.

Study aimed at collecting DNA from 10,000 people with autism and their families has drawn criticism for failing to consult the autism community.

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