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A new theory for autism that may underpin up to a third of cases given support from a new mouse model

Posted on Monday December 19, 2016

Over the past decade, there has been enormous progress in understanding the effect of genes on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Indeed, through DNA sequencing technologies, a substantive list of genes that are associated with the disorder has been constructed. However, the vast majority of these affect a very small number of people. This presents a challenge in developing possible therapeutics. That may be about to change via a new study in mice by two teams of Toronto researchers who have found that as many as a third of autism cases could be explained by low levels of a single protein in the brain. Read More »