Sunday, June 12, 2011

Autism: Genetic Mutations New Cause For Excitement

Three studies breaking this week in the journal Neuron reveal strong new genetic clues to the riddle: What causes autism? Start with the preview, "Solving the Autism Puzzle a Few Pieces at a Time." Better yet, catch Ira Flatow's discussion with a panel of experts on Science Friday.

Time will tell what might be the primary causes behind the spontaneous genetic mutations described in these papers, and whether hyperbaric oxygen holds any biological plausibility. But surely this work opens an exciting new route of investigation. And how refreshing to see some real science make the autism headlines. There. We said it.

[Image: Daniel Geschwind/UCLA/NIMH via Science Friday]

O2.0 is the news blog of HyperbaricLink, the independent web guide to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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