Autism remains a puzzle in many aspects. While new territory is consistently being explored to help better understand the cause and treatment of the condition, it remains difficult to completely define. Recent studies such as these conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital and the University of California San Francisco surrounding the genetic variations in people with and without autism continue to help shed light on the condition. Although we still don’t know what causes these genetic mutations, we do know better now that they have a strong relationship to the presence of autism. That information is at least helpful in providing physicians with another method for diagnosing the condition, and will undoubtedly prove helpful as researchers continue to explore the condition.