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Mum's bacteria linked to baby's behaviour

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Infection during pregnancy increases the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, in offspring. Mouse studies now reveal a link between gut bacteria and atypical brain-circuit connections. See Article p.482 & Letter p.528

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Figure 1: Maternal immune response and the brain circuits underlying atypical offspring behaviour.

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    This article originally omitted to mention that the author has declared competing financial interests.


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C.M.P. has accepted travel funds/honoraria to speak once at the following companies: Psychogenics; Astra-Zeneca; Roche; Pfizer; and Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co. He also has an investigator-initiated Novartis grant for clinical research. None of these relates to the current study.

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