Amaral: We have a real team that ranges all the way from molecular biology, genetics up to immunology, up to brain science, up to even treatment research.
Narrator: Recently, the M.I.N.D. Institute, which stands for Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, launched the Autism Phenome Project. Amaral explains that the goal is to look at all aspects of a child's biology and behavior.
Amaral: We give them a soup-to-nuts workup, so that they have an enhanced medical work up, we do an MRI of their brain, look at immune system, we have geneticists that makes sure their genes are functioning properly. And what we hope is that by getting all this information on a large group of kids, things are going to start hanging together.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.