Monday, May 14, 2012

Autism Postscript: State of the Science on Causes and Mechanisms

Friday we lamented the lack of any clinical evidence to support the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in children with autism. Yet the science in this field continues to fascinate. Later that night we enjoyed Charlie Rose's enlightening conversation with some leading autism experts: Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Gerald Fischbach of the Simons Foundation, Uta Frith of University College London, Matthew State of Yale University, and Alison Singer of the Autism Science Foundation. Part of Rose's ongoing Brain Series, the discussion touched on the latest findings and prevailing theories about the (especially) genetic causes and mechanisms of autism spectrum disorders.

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