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New study suggests a link between gut microbes and autism

Individuals with autism are unable to break down some environmental toxins, which could allow the toxins to enter the bloodstream and injure brain cells.

The role of gut microbes in autism

To examine the link between autism and gut microbes, researchers led by Anne Konkle at the University of Ottawa analyzed the recent scientific literature.

Gut bacteria linked to autism symptoms in mice

A study published in Cell provides further support to the idea that the microbes found in the gut of people with autism could have a role in their symptoms.

A commensal microbe reverses autism spectrum social deficits in mice

Lactobacillus reuteri can improve social behavior in different mouse models of autism spectrum disorder, researchers have found.