Thursday, April 8, 2010

Curing autism

I've said before that I expect to see a cure for autism in the next decade or two. This study suggests a candidate for that cure.
A new discovery raises hope that autism may be more easily diagnosed and that its effects may be more reversible than previously thought. In a new study appearing online in The FASEB Journal (, scientists have identified a way to detect the disorder using blood and have discovered that drugs which affect the methylation state ("DNA tagging") of genes could reverse autism's effects. This type of drug is already being used in some cancer treatments.
I have a hard time even hoping that it will this easy, but if it turns out to be, then a pretty much lost 1% of the population will be returned to grace. We just have to make sure we don't "cure" too many engineers.

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