Thursday, August 26

Possible Cause of Autism?

Autism is also is being explored for links with mosaicism. In an unpublished research, Susan Folstein of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston examined autistic children under ultraviolet light and found that as many as 10% of them had pronounced Blaschko's lines. She suspects that a mosaic patch of brain cells, unable to migrate or communicate with its neighbors, might be what causes some cases of autism. But until an underlying mutation can be found, the idea remains unproven.

This is an excerpt from Helen Pearson's article, Til Death Do Us Part. It is possible that mosaicism in humans is one of the causes of some types of autism.

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