AVMA Health News Bytes: PCBs and Autism

Veterinary researchers from the University of California-Davis collaborated on a study that shows how PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, can lead to abnormal brain architecture and could add to autism risk in children. The findings, the researchers say, underscore the developing brain’s vulnerability to environmental exposures. “While environmental exposures alone do not cause autism, these new findings provide good evidence that PCBs could add to autism risk in genetically predisposed children,” says Isaac Pessah, chair of molecular biosciences in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and director of the Center for Children’s Environmental Health at UC Davis. For more information, contact Lynn Narlesky at 530-752-5257 or lnarlesky@ucdavis.edu.

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