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New cancer drugs could halt autism symptoms AND prevent their onset by blocking a protein linked to both conditions

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Drugs under development for cancer could halt autism symptoms by blocking a protein linked to both conditions, new research suggests. Unnamed medications that stop the protein ERK2 reaching the brain reverse autism-like symptoms in mice, a study found. When given to pregnant rodents, the drugs not only ease the mothers' symptoms, such as hyperactivity, but also prevent their offspring from being born with the disorder, the research adds.

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