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For autism research, Drexel team says step aside, Tooth Fairy

The Philly Voice, September 25, 2016

A research team led by Drexel University’s Craig Newschaffer, PhD, will use new technology to explore what baby teeth can tell us about children’s risk of developing autism when it comes to chemical exposure in the womb.

The study will focus on children with older siblings who were diagnosed with autism, since they already present a much higher rate of developing autism (roughly one in five are diagnosed, compared to the national average of one in 68). Newschaffer, founding director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, hopes to use the shed baby teeth to examine whether environmental factors play a role in further increasing that risk.

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