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The enemy within

by  /  9 March 2016

The possibility that autism is caused by a maternal immune system gone awry is no longer a fringe idea — but proposals to identify or fix these glitches are still controversial.

The brain’s secret gardeners

by  /  3 February 2016

Once thought merely to be specialized immune system cells, microglia now appear to be master landscapers of the developing brain.

Blocking key immune signal prevents autism signs in mice

by  /  18 February 2016

Researchers have identified a key immune molecule in pregnant mice that produces autism-like behaviors in their pups.

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