Split-brain fruit fly research gives insight into autism

A better understanding of the cause of autism may come from an unlikely source: neurological studies of the fruit fly.

Neuroscientists working in the biology department at the University of Nevada, Reno have identified a new genetic mechanism they believe is responsible for disruption of the brain pathways connecting the left and right hemispheres of the brain; which has separately been linked to autism.

“This is an exciting find,” Thomas Kidd, associate professor in the University’s biology department, said. “In the one striking mutant, called commissureless or comm, there are almost no connections between the two sides of the fruit fly’s nervous system.”

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2nd September 2017
Elko Daily Free Press