Mon­keys get autism gene in quest for treat­ments

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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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.

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