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Missed connections

A surprising percentage of people with autism also suffer from seizures, but doctors have been baffled by this overlap for decades. Now, various groups of scientists have begun exploring how the same genetic risk factors and aberrations in nerve signaling in early brain development might underlie both these disorders. Marissa Miley reports on how solving this riddle could point to better treatments for epilepsy and autism.

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Miley, M. Missed connections. Nat Med 17, 408–410 (2011).

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