Tackling autism

Genetically modified (GM) monkeys which carry a genetic fault that causes a rare disorder in humans called MeCP2 duplication syndrome, develop symptoms of autism and have been created to help scientists discover treatments for the condition. This produces a wide range of medical conditions, some of which mirror those seen in autism, such as difficulties with social interactions.

Researchers say groups of the GM monkeys could be used to identify brain circuits involved in common autistic behaviours and to test new treatments designed to alleviate the symptoms.

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