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Science of Autism

According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism is now 10 times more common today than it was 10 years ago. Guest host Paul Raeburn and guests look at the science of autism. What's behind the rise in the autism rate? Are we just diagnosing the disease better? Plus, a look at the genetics of the disease, and at the claim that vaccines may be causing the disease.

Guests:

Susan Folstein
*Director, Autism Genetics Research Cooperative
*Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine-New England Medical Center, Boston, Mass.

Andy Shih
*Director, Research and Programs, National Alliance for Autism Research, Princeton, N.J.

Neal Halsey
*Director, Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md.

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