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Autism Tied to Aberrant Sense of Touch

Narrated by: Jamie Renell
Length: 3 mins

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Most people think that autism is a disorder of the brain. But the skin may play a role, too, a new study suggests. Nerve cells in the skin are abnormal in mice with mutations in autism-related genes, leading to altered touch perception, scientists report. This trouble sensing touch may influence the developing brain in a way that leads to social deficits and anxiety later in life.

"Autism Tied to Aberrant Sense of Touch" is from the July 9, 2016 issue of Science News.

©2016 Science Service (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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