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Nov 09, 2017

Science Daily

"Using human induced pluripotent stem cells to model autism spectrum disorder, researchers have revealed for the first time that abnormalities in the supporting cells of the brain, called astrocytes, may contribute to the cause of the disorder. The findings, published in Biological Psychiatry, help explain what happens at a biological level to produce ASD behavior, and may help researchers identify new treatments for patients with the disorder."

Oct 23, 2017

CBC News

"One initiative the new research centre plans to undertake is the creation of stem cells based on sample cells taken from the urine of children with autism. These stem cells will then allow researchers to create neurons. "We will study what's going wrong with these neurons. So the patient's cells, themselves, will be used to study the disease," said Rouleau. "Once we understand what's going wrong, then we're going to look for ways of correcting the defect, at the cellular level." The plan is to enlist 1,000 Quebec families that have a child with autism to participate in the study."

Oct 18, 2017

Medical Xpress

"The findings, published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry, are the first to demonstrate that supporting brain cells, called astrocytes, may play a role in some subtypes of ASD. But more importantly, the research, using induced pluripotent stem cells, suggests the neuronal damage might be reversible through novel anti-inflammatory therapies."

Apr 05, 2017

CNN.com

"Gracie was one of 25 children who took part in the first-of-its-kind study at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The goal: to see whether a transfusion of their own umbilical cord blood containing rare stem cells could help treat their autism. The results were impressive: More than two-thirds of the children showed reported improvements."

Jun 02, 2017

The Humane Society

"It was the third of Milo’s baby teeth that she rushed to the office of researcher Alysson Muotri at the University of California, San Diego. Unlike the first two, the pulp was still fresh enough that it could be used to pioneer a new type of autism research. Instead of examining the brains of mice, which for more than 60 years lab workers across the country have raised, decapitated and autopsied, Muotri is examining human cells grown from dental pulp. They have been donated by Milo and 300 other children, some autistic, some not."

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