Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A Mouse Model for Autism?

UCLA scientists have created a mouse model for autism that opens a window into the biological mechanisms that underlie the disorder and offers a promising way to test new treatment approaches. Published in the Sept. 30 edition of Cell, the research found that autistic mice display remarkably similar symptoms and behavior as children and adults on the autism spectrum. The animals also responded well to an FDA-approved drug prescribed to autism patients to treat repetitive behaviors often associated with the disorder..."[The researchers] developed a mouse model to observe how a gene variant commonly linked to human autism reveals itself in mice." more

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