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The immune system in autism

9 March 2016

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The enemy within

by  /  9 March 2016

The possibility that autism is caused by a maternal immune system gone awry is no longer a fringe idea — but proposals to identify or fix these glitches are still controversial.

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The brain’s secret gardeners

by  /  3 February 2016

Once thought merely to be specialized immune system cells, microglia now appear to be master landscapers of the developing brain.

Mixed-up mind: Infection in a pregnant mouse produces unusual protrusions (right) in the brain of her fetus that do not appear in the brain of a typical fetus (left).

Blocking key immune signal prevents autism signs in mice

by  /  18 February 2016

Researchers have identified a key immune molecule in pregnant mice that produces autism-like behaviors in their pups.

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Slight concern: Although women with lupus are more likely than those without the disorder to have a child with autism, the risk is still small.
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Transplant trouble: A Minnesota clinic has canceled its trial of bone marrow transplants in children with Rett syndrome. 
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