View Full Version : Protein found in brain cells may be key to autism (BBC)

Mar 21st, 2011, 12:33 PM
Scientists have shown how a single protein may trigger autistic spectrum disorders by stopping effective communication between brain cells.

The team from Duke University in North Carolina created autistic mice by mutating the gene which controls production of the protein, Shank3.

The animals exhibited social problems, and repetitive behaviour - both classic signs of autism and related conditions.

The Nature study raises hopes of the first effective drug treatments.
While hundreds of genes linked to the condition have been found, the precise combination of genetics, biochemistry and other environmental factors which produce autism is still unclear.
more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12759587

Mar 21st, 2011, 12:54 PM
Interesting. In future there will be key and medicine for everything, I am sure.
I love medical biochemistry, that is in some way my kind of job.

Mar 21st, 2011, 01:27 PM
Sadly not even this will stop people from blaming vaccines...