Mice Provide Insight into Genetics of Brain Development in Autism (image) University of California - Davis Share Print E-Mail Caption In this mouse cortex, a mutation in the CHD8 gene caused increased brain size, or megalencephaly, a condition also present in people with autism spectrum disorder. The colored sections correspond to different layers of the developing cortex. Credit Alex Nord/UC Davis Usage Restrictions May be used with acknowledgement. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.