Autism affects brain connections

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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 10:23 am | Updated: 10:30 am, Mon Sep 16, 2013.

Autism can affect how neurons in the brain connect to brain circuits, according to research from Brown University.

Researchers studied the way a single genetic mutation associated with general autism can affect the brain’s ability to make and develop neural connections. Their study compared the acidity of brain cells from normal mice and mice with the mutated gene. The cells of the mice with the mutation had a much higher acidity than those of the normal mice, which affected the neural connections in their brains. Researchers hope their findings might one day be treatable, and could affect at least one mechanism associated with autism.

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