Child prodigies may share certain genetic traits with people who have autism, new research suggests. The finding could help explain why the two groups share certain characteristics, such as exceptionally good memories. But the small number of child prodigies studied makes the findings preliminary, other scientists said. In the study, researchers looked at DNA from 12 children with extraordinary abilities in music, mathematics or other fields. They also looked at 39 other people who were all members of the children's families, including 10 family members who had autism, and four prodigies who also had autism.
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