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Prodigy

Imaging A bone densitometer that provides rapid full-body scans. See Densitometry.
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The researchers took saliva samples from the prodigies, and from between four and 14 of each prodigy's family members.
(This is less expensive and complex than sequencing the entire genome.) The researchers plan to follow up with full genome sequencing, which will reveal more information about genetic mutations that the prodigies share with people with autism.
"Our findings suggest child prodigies have traits in common with autistic children, but something is preventing them from displaying the deficits we associate with the disorder."
The study also found that, while child prodigies had elevated general intelligence scores, where they really excelled was in working memory--all of them scored above the 99th percentile on this trait.
The fact that half of the families and three of the prodigies themselves were affected by autism is surprising because autism occurs in only one of 120 individuals, said Joanne Ruthsatz, lead author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University's Mansfield campus.
"The link between child prodigies and autism is strong in our study.
But the overall emphasis in explaining prodigies changed: the Interregnum saw the culmination of a century and more of excitement about the Last Days, and the ignominious failure of all the hopes embodied in the Interregnum generally discredited apocalyptic interpretations of signs and wonders.
Burns nevertheless finds that interest in prodigies took on a new lease of life in the uneasily consensual politics of the 1690s: now such sensational phenomena indicated God's bilious attitude to England's moral decay, which threatened all the more because the ecclesiastical courts were rendered increasingly ineffective by the Dissenting challenge to Anglican monopoly power.
All musical prodigies must eventually face the loss of their "special" identity.
It is telling that all of Kenneson's prodigies established highly successful musical careers as adults.
As rarities who flout the natural order of development, prodigies have been greeted down the ages as wondrous anomalies.
Did your research shatter any preconceived notions you had about child prodigies?