A Duke-led study on using whole-genome sequencing to find genetic markers of autism has been named one of the year's top ten advances in autism research by the group Autism Speaks. The first author of the paper, which appeared in August in the American Journal of Human Genetics, is Yong-hui Jiang, associate professor of pediatrics and medical genetics and a member of the department of neurobiology in the medical school. Geraldine Dawson, director of the Duke Center for Autism Diagnosis and Treatment, was also a co-author. The effort included colleagues from Canada, China, Saudi Arabia and Denmark. Jiang and Dawson are members of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.