Fortune — Scientists have successfully used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to lessen some symptoms of autism in mice. The mice have a form of fragile X syndrome, which is the most common-known single-gene cause of autism.
In the study, researchers specifically were able to curb obsessive behavior in the mice. Prior to treatment, the mice were obsessively digging. Afterward, that behavior was subdued. Researchers think that a similar approach can be taken using the CRISPR-Gold technique to treat other autism spectrum disorders.
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