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Neurons from Boys with Autism Grow Unusually Fast

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July 28, 2016- "Neurons from Boys with Autism Grow Unusually Fast"- A new study on 8 males with autism found that their brain cells share a host of unusual characteristics. The features include impaired signaling through a pathway that controls cell growth. The findings suggest that glitches in this pathway, known as WNT, cause developing brain cells to grow too rapidly, and contribute to the unusually large brains that about one-fifth of children with autism have in early life. Furthermore, each of the subjects in the study has a different set of mutations in genes linked to the condition. This indicates that genetically distinct causes of autism affect the same molecular pathways.