Using gene editing, neuroscientists develop a new model for autism

Structure of the Shank3 protein, a gene with a strong association to autism spec

Structure of the Shank3 protein, a gene with a strong association to autism spectrum disorder. Image: Emw, Wikipedia

By introducing a gene variant associated with autism into monkeys, researchers hope to study treatment options for severe neurodevelopmental disorders.

Researchers from MIT and other institutions have developed a new model for autism research that could enable new therapies and treatments, reports the Xinhua news agency. The model could "provide a basis for a deeper understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms of autism and the development of more transformative therapeutics."