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Guest column by Xeno Washburne and Amber Blaylock | Autism Speaks and Penn's Neurodiversity Problem

(10/30/14 1:49am)

In June of this year, Google announced a joint effort with Autism Speaks. Known as AUT10K, this project aims to create a massive database mapping the genome of autistic children and adults. The motivation of Autism Speaks is rather obvious and indeed can be found in the organization’s mission statement — “At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism.”