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As Cases Surge, a Professor’s Son Leads Him to Autism Research

Sen-Ching Cheung, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Kentucky, never expected to become an autism expert.

But Mr. Cheung, the father of a 5-year-old boy with autism­, has seen his career take a twist that mirrors the unpredictable nature of the disease itself: He is putting his digital-imaging skills to work on what he hopes will be a promising technological therapy for autistic children. He is one of a number of scientists seeking federal support for their approaches to autism research, which has an increasingly vocal public constituency and is nearing what could be crucial advances.

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