Monkeys get autism gene in quest for treatments
Chinese researchers have successfully created autistic monkeys by implanting autism-related genes into monkey embryos.
The monkeys are the world’s first nonhuman primates to show the effects of autism and will play an important role in studying the pathology of the condition and exploring effective intervention and treatment, researchers said.
The research has demonstrated the feasibility of studying brain disorders with genetically engineered primates, according to neuroscientist Muming Poo, a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States.
Patients with autism spectrum disorder usually exhibit defects in social interaction, stereotyped repetitive behaviors, anxiety and emotional difficulties.
Passengers going home for the Spring Festival enter the Taiyuan railway station in North China’s Shanxi province on Sunday. The Chinese Lunar New Year begins on Feb 8 and marks the start of the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese zodiac.