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Thursday, September 26, 2013

How viral infection disrupts neural development in offspring, increasing risk of autism

Activating a mother's immune system during her pregnancy disrupts the development of neural cells in the brain of her offspring and damages the cells' ability to transmit signals and communicate with one another, an animal study suggests. They said the finding suggests how maternal viral infection might increase the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or schizophrenia.



via ScienceDaily: Psychology News http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/mind_brain/psychology/~3/71NwY3pE5Uc/130926204727.htm