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Autism Symptoms Reversed in Lab (on Mice)

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6245742.stm

"Symptoms of mental retardation and autism have been reversed for the first time in laboratory mice.

US scientists created mice that showed symptoms of Fragile X Syndrome - a leading cause of mental retardation and autism in humans.

They then reversed symptoms of the condition by inhibiting the action of an enzyme in the brain."
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Originally Posted by BelgianSheepDog View Post
Mice get autism?????
if you give them enough vaccines or ultra sounds.... i jest i jest.

but really....
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I keep thinking of Flowers for Algernon. That didn't end well for poor Earnest Borgnine.
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Originally Posted by kama'aina mama View Post
I keep thinking of Flowers for Algernon. That didn't end well for poor Earnest Borgnine.
great book.... horrible movie.
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How would you even tell a mouse is autistic? It's awkward around other mice and has an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese types??
I had an autistic hamster. He lived alone, ran on a wheel, liked to chew things, was uncomfortable being groped, and didn't talk. We got along very well.
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I had an autistic hamster. He lived alone, ran on a wheel, liked to chew things, was uncomfortable being groped, and didn't talk. We got along very well.
I chuckled
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How would you even tell a mouse is autistic? It's awkward around other mice and has an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese types??
You really made me laugh!
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Originally Posted by BelgianSheepDog View Post
How would you even tell a mouse is autistic? It's awkward around other mice and has an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese types??
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Originally Posted by BelgianSheepDog View Post
How would you even tell a mouse is autistic? It's awkward around other mice and has an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese types??


OK... the title of the BBC article and my post was misleading. They've created Fragile X syndrome in mice and then reversed it. Fragile X is associated with autism.
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Fragile X Syndrome is considered an ASC, although many people disagree with that.

But why does every ASC article have to be so negative, even if it's about mice? Autistic movements are not purposeless. They are purposeful to us. What about jogging? That's not purposeless movement?
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How would you even tell a mouse is autistic? It's awkward around other mice and has an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese types??
LMFAO
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