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Scientists Pinpoint Cell Type and Brain Region Affected by Gene Mutations in Autism

posted 20 Jan 2015, 11:41 by Valerie Carlin   [ updated 20 Jan 2015, 11:41 by Jan Szafranski ]

A team led by UC San Francisco (UCSF) scientists has identified the disruption of a single type of cell – in a particular brain region and at a particular time in brain development – as a significant factor in the emergence of autism.

The finding, reported in the Nov. 21 issue of Cell, was made with techniques developed only within the last few years and marks a turning point in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) research.