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Common autism pathway opens the door for new drug treatments

The definition of autism has undergone constant evolution — as any architect of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders can attest — and now refers to a broad spectrum of various developmental and social disorders with many distinct genetic causes. This understanding of the disorder obviously complicates the development of therapeutics: if every person with autism is different, identifying drugs to treat everyone seems like a Sisyphean task. But research published today suggests that the disorder’s complexity may not beckon the end of drug development. 

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