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This study examined whether an interaction between the serotonin transporter genotype and maternal stress results in a mouse with characteristics of autism. Serotonin transporter knockout heterozygous dams and wild-type dams were stressed during different gestational periods. Their offspring then underwent a series of behavioral tasks to test sociability, anxiety levels, and level of cerebellar functioning. We predicted that mice that experienced prenatal stress and had a deficit in thedoi:10.1037/e509482009-024 fatcat:l2xtlappxrcmfn7kqgkecb7spq