Scientists test CRISPR as a cancer treatment, an app could help parents pick up on hints of autism, and a Dutch science academy tries to tilt its ranks toward women.
Infections during pregnancy increase levels of an immune molecule in the placenta that alters brain development and behavior in mice.
Some parents are starting ‘N-of-1’ studies for autism, but their efforts don’t always get taken seriously.
Maternal immune activation — caused by infection or even psychological stress during pregnancy — is a strong risk factor for neurological conditions such as autism.
Only a small fraction of women who battle infections during pregnancy have children with autism, suggesting that some infections are riskier than others.
Genetic variants that impair a pathway that prunes neuronal connections may offer clues to autism.