Those “brains in a dish” are not enough to study autism

Published July 27, 2015

This week on the ASF podcast, we summarize how the new study which turns skin cells into brain cells is fascinating and important, but is not sufficient to study the brains of people with autism. The only way to do that is with postmortem brains of people with ASD. Because of this resource, researchers discovered a new type of genetic mutation associated with ASD – one that redefines how scientists view all of the DNA. To register for Autism BrainNet go to Also this week, beyond genetics and brain tissue research, a meeting in California applied a technique to the air pollution and autism data to understand and make sense of the multiple studies showing an association.

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