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Maternal antibodies linked to autistic behaviors in offspring

Neuroscientist David Amaral's research has demonstrated that an interaction between fetal brain cells and maternal antibodies could be linked with the repetitive behavior called stereotypies that is characteristic of autism. While additional studies are needed to confirm the outcome, this result leads investigators to suspect that brain-directed antibodies during the prenatal period could be a causal factor for the disorder. The study is being published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

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