Animal Research Minute – Could mice help scientists alleviate symptoms of autism?
Well, ABC News reports scientists have developed a compound that effectively treats symptoms of autism in mice. When mice with autism received an experimental agent known as GRN-529, it balanced the effects of glutamate, which is usually unbalanced in the brains of those with autism. The compound improved the two main symptoms of autism; mice became more social, and had fewer repetitive behaviors. Scientists are hoping this study with mice could lead to more effective treatments for people living with autism.