Autism Symptoms Replicated in Mice
Treating Autism is one of doctors’ greatest challenges. For the most part, the reasoning behind this is lack of knowledge and limited understanding of the disorder. Scientists have been working with little breakthrough to, at least, figure out the cause or causes of Autism. Over the past few decades, cases have multiplied. As is with most disorders based in the mind, so many new Autism diagnoses is due to the simple knowledge that the problem exists. In the past, children who would now be classified as “Autistic”, would have been instead deemed simply stupid or retarded.
In a recent article by Lara Salahi, ABC news reported that scientists have finally made a huge step in the long process of understanding the “why” of Autism. A single-gene mutation, SHANK3, has been replicated in mice, giving scientists a better understanding of what goes on in an Autistic brain, which will hopefully pave the way for more effective treatments.
Imagine the frustration of having a disorder that is so very difficult for people to understand and accept. To make matters even more unbearable, there is no way, in a majority of cases, for an autistic individual to express needs, wants, feelings or to even explain that something is wrong. Thankfully, there is hope for the future of Autism. Through educating the pubic and continuing research into the causes and treatments of this disorder, perhaps in the very near future, the Autistic will get the respect they are long overdue.