Search SciPol

Brought to you by
July 11, 2018

Scientists Successfully Reduce Autism Symptoms in Mice Through Gene Editing

  • Science
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience

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.

Read more at Fortune.

Image Citation