Front-Brain Activity Tied to Genetics, Autism

The language and cognitive difficulties often seen in autism may be caused in part by an overly connected frontal lobe within the brain, says a new study of children published in Science Translational Medicine.The research points to a gene called CNTNAP2 as responsible for wiring neurons in the front of the brain. If carrying different versions of CNTNAP2 is found to be a consistent predictor of language difficulties, the findings may help researchers design targeted therapies to assist the brain toward a path of more normative development early on.

 

 

via AAAS – AAAS News Release – “SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE: Front-Brain Activity Tied to Genetics, Autism”.

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