Wow, this is pretty big. New research has shown that autism could begin in the womb.
Scientists have new evidence that suggests autism begins in early pregnancy, when development of the brain's cortex is disrupted.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Allen Institute for Brain Science analyzed the genes in brain tissues of deceased children, which helped saved the lives of others.
A professor of neurosciences and director of the Autism Center of Excellence at UC San Diego said:
"Building a baby's brain during pregnancy involves creating a cortex that contains six layers. We discovered focal patches of disrupted development of these cortical layers in the majority of children with autism."
The study found that children with autism had brains missing key genetic markers in multiple layers of their cortex.
The frontal cortex is associated with higher brain function like complex communication and comprehension of social cues.
That could explain a lot of why autistic children have trouble socially.
Scientists were able to finally get this info because normally they can only study adult brains and try and work backwards from there.
Though it's super sad, studying children allowed them to make this big discovery.
This puts a huge dent in the misinformed and dangerous argument that vaccines are bad for kids.
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