by S. Johnson, Natural News:
Modern fungicides that coat common fruits and vegetables have been shown to trigger gene changes in neurons similar to those of people afflicted by autism and Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill conducted the study in an effort to
provide insight into the environmental substances that contribute to autism. The team’s work, published in the journal Nature Communications, highlights an innovative way to narrow in on chemicals that could impact the normal functioning of the brain.
Autism spectrum disorders are a class of neurodevelopmental disorders that affect about one out of 100 children. Core symptoms of autism include difficulties with communication and social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviors.
Mark Zylka, PhD, senior author of the study and associate professor at the UNC Neuroscience Center, and colleagues, exposed the brain cells of mice to more than 300 different pesticides and fungicides. The researchers then sequenced the RNA from these neurons to decipher which genes were affected by the chemicals. A network of computer programs helped the team establish which chemicals might cause gene expressions associated with autism.
“Based on RNA sequencing, we describe six groups of chemicals,” Zylka said in a press statement. “We found that chemicals within each group altered expression in a common manner. One of these groups of chemicals altered the levels of many of the same genes that are altered in the brains of people with autism or Alzheimer’s disease.”
Please follow SGT Report on Twitter & help share the message.