Scripps: Scientists Pinpoint Mechanism for Altered Pattern of Brain Growth in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Scripps: Scientists Pinpoint Mechanism for Altered Pattern of Brain Growth in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Scripps: Scientists Pinpoint Mechanism for Altered Pattern of Brain Growth in Autism Spectrum Disorder

As early as 1943, when autism was first described by psychiatrist Leo Kanner, reports were made that some, but not all, children with autism spectrum disorder have relatively enlarged heads. But even today, more than half a century later, the exact cause of this early abnormal growth of the head and brain has remained unclear.

Now, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have uncovered how mutations in a specific autism risk gene alter the basic trajectory of early brain development in animal models.

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