Rise in Autism Travels Through Generations

Synthetic hormones prescribed in the 1960s for fertility may have endangered multiple generations, perhaps even causing the recent autism explosion, according to new epigenetic research.

Escher’s dogged quest to unravel why this happened to her children has drawn the attention of scientists, and may ultimately lead to a greater understanding of how prescription drugs—and perhaps chemicals in the environment—may secretly and subtly harm the health of generations to come.
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