Saturday, March 12, 2011

Neuron Discovery Possible New Link in Autism Mystery

About 30 years before the term even came into use in the medical community defining what today is known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, a unique neuron was discovered for the first time. In 1926 it was eventually detailed by Viennese Anatomist, Constantin von Economo. Sadly, after the identification of this neurological structure, it was overlooked for nearly a century. The rediscovery was finally made by a team of Neuroscientists at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine who couldn’t help but notice the unusual size of these cells in an area of the brain that is only active when the person is experiencing emotion. These scientists would go on to find that only certain types of animal brains seem to even possess these cells at all.

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