The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, along with 21 other research sites, have joined the "largest ever" autism genetics study. Information for DNA analysis will be collected from 50,000 individuals and their families and will be studied. This information will be used to help researchers study the causes of autism, and will help find ways to treat it. Since autism is caused by many gene variants, and has countless symptoms, it is very hard to study and treat.
Hopefully with the use of this very large sample size, it will help find new discoveries on the many causes of autism and how to treat it. This has the potential to completely change the way we study and deal with autism and may one day lead to a cure.