Medical University of South Carolina (sciencedaily.com) New research sheds light on what might be going wrong in the regulation of genes that govern the brain’s connectivity. The study's intention is to identify new clues to improve treatments for autism. Dr. Christopher W. Cowan used special microphones to listen to mice interact. They speak at ultrasonic frequencies beyond what humans can hear. As a researcher at Harvard Medical School, Christopher W. Cowan, Ph.D., used to watch autistic kids come onto campus to attend a special school.