Clues to brain dysfunction

Immune response during pregnancy may cause brain dysfunction in offspring. In mice. But it’s a start.

Here’s the reporter’s “jump to a human application” description:

W. Ian Lipkin is the senior author of the study that concluded that the immune response of a pregnant woman’s body to viral infections, can trigger subtle neurological changes in the fetus, that might lead to a high risk of developing schizophrenia, autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, later on.

Still, it makes sense that the most plastic and complex of human organs, the brain, might be subtly affected by the mother’s biochemical responses to foreign tissue.

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