Nearly $100 million in federal grant money will be used
for autism research, said President Barack Obama in a speech at the National Institutes of Health. It is the largest federal allocation ever made to research autism; among other things, the money will be used to study the DNA of people with autism. "What we learn will hopefully lead to greater understanding, early interventions, more effective treatments and therapies to help these children live their lives and achieve their fullest potential," Obama said.

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