Scientists have found how to manipulate chemicals in the brain to possibly help create treatments for those with autism using mice. Autism causes difficulty making close bonds with friends and family. Friends and family both release separate chemicals in the brain and for someone with autism one of these receptors is disrupted causing an inability to feel this connection. They were able to manipulate the mice so that they valued interactions with a surrogate mother but did not value connections with other mice. According to Healthline.com, Autism occurs in 1 in every 59 births with a 4:1 male to female ratio. I think that this kind of research is great. Some families find it difficult to cope or help their children with autism. Finding treatments like this is a great step for those who deal with mental illness every day.
This is amazing, it is so fascinating we can manipulate the brain in the way these researchers did. I really hope they find more success with this research project of theirs, so more families can be alleviated from the hardships of having a loved one dealing with autism.ReplyDelete