Sunday 24 September 2017

Scientists to test drug that could reverse autism

A drug that may reverse autism is to be tested on children with the condition, scientists have revealed.

The drug, suramin, targets a cell-messaging system that produces a metabolic response to stress. Scientists in the US found that the drug corrected 17 types of abnormality linked to autism in genetically modified mice.

Autism is a wide-ranging condition that affects a person's ability to socialise and communicate and can have a devastating lifelong impact.

Professor Robert Naviaux, of the University of California, said: Correcting abnormalities in a mouse is a long way from a cure for humans. But we are encouraged enough to test this approach in a small clinical trial of children with autism spectrum disorder in the coming year."

Irish Independent

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