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Scientist to lecture in Batavia on causes of autism

Fermilab to host leading geneticist

Geneticist Wendy Chung will discuss the causes of autism in a public lecture at Fermilab in Batavia.
Geneticist Wendy Chung will discuss the causes of autism in a public lecture at Fermilab in Batavia.

BATAVIA – A clinical and molecular geneticist will lecture on the causes of autism, a disorder that affects one in 68 individuals, at 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at Fermilab in Batavia.

Dr. Wendy Chung leads National Institutes of Health-funded research programs in human genetics across a range of genetic conditions, a news release stated. She also leads the Simons Foundation Powering Research for Knowledge – or SPARK study – and the Simons VIP study of genetic subtypes of autism.

She was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award and received Columbia University’s highest teaching award. Chung was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes.

Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium is in the Wilson Hall high-rise off Kirk Road and Pine Street. Tickets cost $7 and are available at events.fnal.gov/arts-lecture-series.

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