Autism may start in the womb

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Patches of cortical layers disrupted during early brain development in autism
[Via Eureka! Science News – Popular science news]

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Allen Institute for Brain Science have published a study that gives clear and direct new evidence that autism begins during pregnancy. The study will be published in the March 27 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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If this holds up, we may be on a path to a much greater understanding of autism. Particularly the causes.

It may be genetic or it may be environmental. Or a combination of each.

The human brain us very susceptible to damage during certain periods of development. Perhaps someday soon we will have a way to prevent it.