U.S. researchers have found that neurons in certain areas of the brain of children with autism were not organized in layers as they normally are, a discovery that could shed more light on when autism develops. Researchers used donated tissue maintained by two autism brain banks, including one administered by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. There is a great need for donations of brain tissue to help researchers understand more about diseases such as Alzheimer's and autism, said National Institute of Mental Health Director Dr. Thomas Insel.

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