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Infections during pregnancy may help autism develop—and scientists are finally figuring out why

Our immune systems aren’t perfect.
e. coli in the gut

A cluster of E. coli bacteria in the gut.

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The immune system is a complex beast. It often does a fantastic job of fighting dangerous pathogens, preventing microbes from infecting and harming you. But it’s not infallible. Cancer cells can squeeze past undetected, for example. And sometimes the immune system can go into overdrive: In an attempt to fight whatever infection you have, it over produces certain proteins and

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