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The study on mice used gold nanoparticles to target genes causing repetitive behaviour CREDIT: SOLOMON BANDA
Autism traits may be “edited” out using new genetic techniques, scientists have said, following a successful trial.
Researchers are hailing a breakthrough after they used cutting-edge gene editing to to significantly reduce repetitive behaviour associated with the disorder.
The technique, which was performed on mice, could also be developed to treat conditions ranging from opioid addiction and neuropathic pain to schizophrenia and epileptic seizures.
Scientists injected gold nanoparticles covered in a “forest” of DNA chains to alter the the genetic code of mouse models with a form of autism called fragile X syndrome (FXS).
The technique, CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, resulted in in a 30 per cent drop in repetitive digging, and a 70 reduction in leaping, both indicative of autistic behaviour.
Because the editing DNA was introduced attached to gold...