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Researchers in San Antonio have made a breakthrough in autism research using gene editing.

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Autism occurs in approximately 1 of every 68 births in the United States and this number is growing at a significant rate. Still, the root cause remains a medical mystery.

Although early screening and therapy makes a world of difference for children on the autism spectrum, getting that early and sustained help may not be easy. 

Brothers Russell, 28, and Remmick Wadsworth, 27, have autism. As kids, they had trouble with social interactions, so they often relied on each other for support during tough situations. Now, as the siblings navigate the working world, they're still looking out for each other.

Remmick remembers his first job, working with his older brother in a coffee shop. "You would always have my back, talking to customers for me, handle them for me while I make their drinks," he tells Russell during a StoryCorps conversation.

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Attorneys for three Bexar county children with autism filed a preliminary injunction today, asking a judge to order state Medicaid to cover the cost of therapy for them until a ruling is made.

In U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, lawyers for the twin boys and a teenager claim Medicaid should pay the cost of Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy.

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Three Bexar County children with autism are at the center of a lawsuit filed on Dec. 6, 2016.

Lawyers for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and Disability Rights of Texas assert Medicaid should pay for a therapy called applied behavior analysis treatment.”

"We filed the suit this morning in the United States District Court in San Antonio," said Susan Zinn, a San Antonio attorney for the plaintiffs. "And we hope that they will agree to provide services to these three children while the lawsuit is pending."