Genetically Modified Monkeys Might Aid Autism Research

Chinese scientists say the primates exhibit behaviors of disorder, could offer insight on how to treat it.

One in 160 children globally has autism spectrum disorder, a cluster of complex brain-development disorders in which symptoms include repetitive movements and problems with social interaction.

Chinese scientists report they’ve created monkeys that carry a gene linked to autism-like behaviors.

The altered monkeys also produced offspring that inherited the human gene, according to research published online Jan. 25 in the journal Nature.

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