Tag: fragile X syndrome

September 2018
News

Loss of large proteins underlies fragile X syndrome, study says

by  /  13 September 2018

The protein missing in fragile X syndrome, FMRP, facilitates the production of hundreds of unusually large proteins, some of which are linked to autism.

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Artwork shows a flock of birds flying inside the head of a boy.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How a ‘pacemaker’ for the brain could ease autism traits

by  /  4 September 2018

Looking at the brain as a whole suggests that nudging flawed sets of neurons to collaborate better might alleviate autism traits.

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July 2018
News

Conditions that accompany autism, explained

by  /  25 July 2018

More than half of people on the spectrum have four to five other conditions. Which conditions, and how and when they appear, varies from one autistic person to the next.

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June 2018
Week of JuneJun
25th
2018
News / Spotted

Smart genes; Neanderthal mini-brains; diabetes link and more

by  /  29 June 2018

Autism and intelligence share genetic variants, researchers grow Neanderthal mini-brains and see overlap with autism, and maternal diabetes is an autism risk factor.

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May 2018
Microscopic image of skin cells
News

Study challenges theory that protein surplus underlies fragile X

by  /  16 May 2018

Many people with fragile X syndrome show average rates of protein production, challenging a long-held assumption about the condition.

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April 2018
Week of AprilApr
9th
2018
News / Spotted

Fragile X checklist; France plays catch-up; bar-coded neurons and more

by  /  13 April 2018

A checklist for fragile X syndrome could help identify people with the condition in low-resource settings, France unveils a plan for early diagnosis and education of children with autism, and virally inserted ‘bar codes’ help track individual neurons.

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March 2018
Deleting DNA repeats from fragile X neurons restores expression (right, red) of the gene silenced in the syndrome.
News

CRISPR tweak fixes genetic flaw in fragile X syndrome

by  /  29 March 2018

A modified version of the genetic engineering tool CRISPR may restore expression of the gene mutated in fragile X syndrome.

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two people walking down dirt road in a town in colubmia
News

‘Founder effect’ may have fueled fragile X cluster in Colombian town

by  /  19 March 2018

A semirural Colombian town called Ricaurte is home to the largest recorded genetic cluster of people with mutations linked to fragile X syndrome.

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Week of MarchMar
12th
2018
News / Spotted

Early theory of mind; bizarre book defense; fake news and more

by  /  16 March 2018

Theory of mind develops surprisingly early, a book publisher doubles down in defense of a controversial author, and false vaccine news gets a correction.

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A mouse model of tuberous sclerosis (right) shows less protein synthesis in the brain than a control (left).
News

Shortage of proteins upends theory of tuberous sclerosis origins

by  /  14 March 2018

Mice with the mutations linked to tuberous sclerosis make too little protein in their brains — a finding that contradicts a leading theory about the condition.

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