A new study from UC Davis found that female mice exposed to a component of the pentaBDE flame retardant in the womb showed changes in their brains, impaired learning, memory and reduced sociability as adults. The mother mice were from a special strain that models Rett’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. These results suggest that environmental PBDE exposures may increase the risk of autism in the genetically-susceptible.
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