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Infections during pregnancy may interfere with genes linked to prenatal brain development

20:00 EDT 20 Mar 2017 | AAAS

(University of Cambridge) If a mother picks up an infection during pregnancy, her immune system will kick into action to clear the infection -- but this self-defense mechanism may also have a small influence how her child's brain develops in the womb, in ways that are similar to how the brain develops in autism spectrum disorders. Now, an international team of researchers has shown why this may be the case.

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