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Test drug eases behavioral symptoms seen in autism

In mice, compound curbs repetitive behaviors and improves sociability

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12:19pm, April 26, 2012

In adult mice, an experimental drug eases two of the core behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorders, a new study shows. A single injection of the compound curbed repetitive behaviors and improved sociability, researchers report in the April 25 Science Translational Medicine.

Although it’s too soon to say whether the drug will work in people with autism, similar medicines are already being tested in humans for a related neurological condition known as fragile X syndrome. “This may be a case where you have a mouse finding that can actually lead to human studies in a fairly

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