Mouse colon infected with Citrobacter rodentium (green). S. Schuller

Can gut bacteria cause autism (in mice)?

High profile study claims mice show “autism-like” behaviour. But does the evidence stack up?

Jon Brock
Jon Brock
Jun 14, 2019 · 13 min read

Two weeks ago, a paper published in the journal Cell claimed to provide evidence that microbes in the gut contribute to the development of autism. The researchers, led by Gil Sharon and Sarkis Mazmanian at the California Institute of…