Thursday, May 9, 2013

Theory on Autism and the Gut

"Dhurjati’s [University of Delaware Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Prasad Dhurjati] theory describes possible sets of chain reactions that could be delivering toxic inputs and messages from the gut to the brain in people on the autism spectrum.

“Everyone looks at his or her own small piece of the puzzle. Our contribution is not in individual components. What we are trying to see is how all these factors are connected together,” Dhurjati said.

Dhurjati’s approach is grounded in systems biology, a holistic field of study that looks at the way components of the body work together. While a neurologist focuses on the brain, a geneticist homes in on individual genes, and a gastroenterologist addresses the gut, a systems biologist examines all three as interconnected components of the larger biological system of the body."

Getting to the guts of autism | WDDE 91.1 FM | Delaware's NPR News station