Cause of one third of all autism cases may have been discovered by scientists

Up to a third of autism cases may be caused by low levels of a single protein in the brain, according to a new study of the condition in mice which could lead to new treatments.

People with autism have been found to have lower levels of the protein, called nSR100, but it was not known whether this was a symptom, a byproduct or the reason behind the condition.

However the researchers found when they reduced the amount of nSR100 in mice, they started to display signs of autistic behaviour. This suggests that having too little of the protein could be a cause of the condition.

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15th December 2016