SFARI talks about Rats in 2011- Gut Bacteria and Autism

Just a quick link to a Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) 2011 article outlining the work surrounding bacteria and the gut in Autism.

http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/news/2011/studies-implicate-gut-bacteria-in-autism

“The latest research, conducted over the past several years, probes the controversial possibility that whatever is amiss in the gut is not just a symptom of autism, but one of the causes. The work is an offshoot of mounting scientific interest in the human microbiome, the stew of bacteria that make their homes in our gastrointestinal tracts.

A new study, published 31 January in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that these microbial residents may direct brain development, ultimately shaping behavior1.

“It’s a big eye opener,” says lead investigator Sven Pettersson, professor of microbiology at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. “If you would have said 20 years ago that bacteria would have anything to do with brain function, people would have laughed at you.”

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