Autism discoveries point to potential protein-targeted treatments

Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes discovered a link between the Alzheimer's-associated protein tau and core symptoms of autism, including repetition and difficulty socializing. Separately, an MIT-led team linked abnormalities in the protein Shank3 to another symptom, hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli. Both groups believe the findings could inspire new autism treatments.

Autism discoveries point to potential protein-targeted treatments
Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes discovered a link between the Alzheimer's-associated protein tau and core symptoms of autism, including repetition and difficulty socializing. Separately, an MIT-led team linked abnormalities in the protein Shank3 to another symptom, hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli. Both groups believe the findings could inspire new autism treatments.