‘Science junkie’ bets big on autism’s environmental origins | Spectrum | Autism Research News | Circa JULY 18 2016

  18 JULY 2016

 

Jill Escher can talk knowledgeably for hours, and hours, about autism — about its prevalence, which genes and environmental factors may be involved and how brain development may go awry in the brains of children with the condition. Escher, 50, has no formal training in science, but she reads scientific papers, gives lectures at universities and speaks at conferences.

This self-described “autism science junkie” taught herself the intricacies of research as she struggled to understand how her two children came to have autism. Along the way, she came up with a provocative idea to explain how chemical exposures might have led to their autism diagnoses. …

Source: ‘Science junkie’ bets big on autism’s environmental origins | Spectrum | Autism Research News

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