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A drug to treat autism?

Insights into the puzzling disorder may come from a study of children with a rare genetic disease

For Kaitlyn Jo “Katie” Mills, now 7, taking the multivitamin-size white pills “was like someone had finally put a key in and unlocked her.”

After joining a clinical trial at Boston Children’s Hospital, Katie started to speak in complete sentences for the first time, her 30-second attention span extended into minutes, and she was finally able to retain information from one day to the next, said her mother, Susan Mills.

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