Blocking specific cells during pregnancy can help prevent the disorder developing

  • Mice exposed to high IL-17a levels in the womb exhibited autism symptoms
  • This is a signalling protein that boosts how a body fends off infections 
  • Blocking related cells restored normal structure to the brains of the pups 
  • This was regardless of whether this was achieved by treatment with antibodies or by shutting down the IL-17a gene completely

By VICTORIA WOOLLASTON FOR MAILONLINE

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