Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Genetic link to possible future treatment for autism.

New findings in the cause of autism leads to hopeful treatment in 5 – 10 years. Here from Abc

For the first time, scientists have identified specific genetic mutations
that lead to specific abnormalities in how brain cells communicate and carry
messages in the brains of those with autism.

By comparing the DNA of those with and without autism, researchers were
able to identify several genes related to autism. Scientists say that autism, a
complex disorder, could be caused by as many as 50 genes.

The findings point researchers in the right direction toward developing
drugs to treat the disorder.

"What we're discovering in this study is that these genes appear to be
affecting similar biochemical pathways in the brain, and so then, if we can
develop drugs that can help to repair or restore that pathway, this eventually
could be extremely helpful as a treatment."

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My feelings are that it's great to know that we are realizing a better understanding of autism and its possible causes... and if there is an actual treatment for it, then what a bonus...

Feel free to offer your opinions in the comments..

1 comment:

Tanya @ Teenautism said...

I think it's definitely worth examining the genetic factors. Should be interesting.