But there’s good news here…

But the discovery has allowed researchers to alter the genetics of mice to mimic autism symptoms (the Times notes no animals get autism “naturally”). That enabled them to test a drug that fights tuberous sclerosis-induced tumors on the mice. After observing promising results there, a clinical trial involving a similar drug and children who have autism and the tuberous sclerosis mutation has begun. The researchers hope the drug, called everolimus, will boost the children’s mental abilities; the study is due to be finished by December of next year.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/12/newser-autism-cancer/2642353/