(BIOSCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) – A genomics research project hopes to collect and cross-reference the DNA of 50,000 people to better understand the autism spectrum.

SPARK, the Sims Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge, began its public push to get the saliva samples of thousands of volunteers last week, according to the group’s site.

“The information from this study will help to identify genetic and non-genetic factors that contribute to ASD,” the consent form for the study reads.

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