New Evidence of Flame Retardant’s Role In Autism

For the first time, scientists have reported that the environment and genetics can work together to create autism-like symptoms in mice exposed in the womb to a flame retardant. According to a new study published in Human Molecular Genetics, female mice — born to mothers that are genetically more susceptible to develop autistic behaviors — were less social and had impaired memories and learning skills after their mothers were exposed to a brominated compound known as a PBDE.

Support the East Bay Express, local news, donate
18,656FansLike
0FollowersFollow
67,429FollowersFollow

Newsletter sign-up

eLert sign-up

Oakland
clear sky
50.3 ° F
54 °
46.4 °
93 %
0.7mph
1 %
Sun
75 °
Mon
68 °
Tue
65 °
Wed
62 °
Thu
67 °