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Sensory neurons outside the brain drive autistic social behaviors, study suggests

A new study from Penn Medicine lends further evidence that the social behaviors tied to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) emerge from abnormal function of sensory neurons outside the brain. It's an important finding, published today in the journal Cell Reports, because peripheral sensory systems—which determine how we perceive the environment around us —makes for more accessible therapeutic targets to treat ASD-related symptoms, rather than the central brain itself.