Study: Autism Develops Early During Pregnancy

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CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – A new study has found that autism begins early in pregnancy.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Allen Institute for Brain Science analyzed 25 genes in the brain tissue of deceased children with and without autism.

They found that the outermost layered structure of neural tissue is disrupted in children with autism by looking at genes that serve as biomarkers for brain cell types in different layers of the cortex as they specifically looked at genes implicated in autism and several control genes.

“Building a baby’s brain during pregnancy involves creating a cortex that contains six layers,” Eric Courchesne, PhD, professor of neurosciences and director of the Autism Center of Excellence at UC San Diego said in a press release. “We discovered focal patches of disrupted development of these cortical layers in the majority of children with…

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