The autism research row: Genetics under fire

Stories of our times

Nov 15 2021 • 33 mins

Spectrum 10k was supposed to be Britain's biggest ever study of autism. But just weeks after launch, it was put on pause. As the genetics revolution picks up pace, could this be among the first of many such confrontations between researchers and those who feel threatened by their work?

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- Holly Smale, bestselling author of the Geek Girl series.

- Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

- Sue Fletcher-Watson, professor of developmental psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

Host: David Aaronovitch.

Producer: James Shield.

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