Clues to Autism’s Roots

May 31, 2011 BY Sharon Soliday, CCC-SLP

Led by Dr. Dan Geschwind, director of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), researchers measured levels of gene expression  which determines the synthesis of various of proteins, each with a specific task in the cell  in the brain tissue of 19 autistic people and 17 healthy ones.

Increasingly, scientists are studying the brain in people with autism, seeking a molecular signature that might help identify the complex disorder as it develops or some structural clue to its causes. Now an intriguing new study on patterns of gene expression in the autistic brain offers fresh insight.

To continue reading about Dr. Dan Geschwind’s findings, please click the following link:
Gene Expression in the Brain Offers Clues to Autism’s Roots



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