Autism's causes remain a mystery, but researchers at the University of Michigan could soon have a better understanding of it. The school is getting $1.6 million in federal funding to determine what social and environmental factors cause autism.
The college has committed to a 3-year study of the disorder.
Marie Lynn Miranda is the dean of U of M's School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
She says none of the existing autism databases contain significant information about social or environmental exposures.