Scientists may have made an autism treatment breakthrough by studying how babies look at their mums

Babies with autism look at their mother's eyes and mouth much less than their peers - a discovery that scientists say could lead to new treatments for the condition.

The way in which infants see the world even before they can reach, crawl or walk is in the genes - and impaired in those with the neurological disorder.

Now a study has shown for the first time what youngsters choose to look at and what they don't is heritable.

And the way they visually engage with others in social situations is altered in autism.

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16th July 2017
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