Autism May Begin With Fetal Brain Flaws, Researchers Suggest | Organization for Autism Research

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A team of researchers from the University of California at San Diego’s Autism Center of Excellence recently published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that analyzed brain cells of deceased children.  They found that almost all of the children who had been diagnosed with autism were missing “key genetic markers” in many areas (a possible explanation for why the autism spectrum is so broad) that are supposed to develop before birth; these cells are known to affect “emotion, communication, language and social comprehension.”  While there is no conclusive evidence regarding the cause of these developmental “disruptions,” this new information may lead to earlier detection and intervention.

Read the full story by Angela Zimm of The Washington Post.

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