Tag: gene expression

November 2019
Micrograph of mouse brain showing transplanted human microglia
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Chimeric mouse model aids study of brain’s immune cells

by  /  15 November 2019

A new technique allows researchers to transplant human microglia into mouse brains and better study the association between these cells and autism.

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Chromosomes swapping DNA
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CRISPR technique tracks genetic activity in real time

by  /  8 November 2019

A new method scans gene expression in live cells and could help scientists study autism genes.

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October 2019
blood in a medical vial, closeup
News

Molecular signature may lead to blood test for autism

by  /  31 October 2019

Researchers have identified a distinctive pattern of gene expression in the white blood cells of young autistic boys.

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micrographs of brain areas in red.
News

Drug counteracts effects of doubled autism gene

by  /  24 October 2019

An experimental drug tamps down the expression of a gene duplicated in an autism-related condition and restores typical behavior in mice.

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Two male finches sitting on roost in cage.
News

Protein linked to autism may help birds learn songs from elders

by  /  23 October 2019

Turning down the expression of a gene linked to autism leaves zebra finches singing disorganized songs.

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DNA
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Rapid assay flags autism mutations in regions that flank genes

by  /  21 October 2019

Researchers have identified mutations within regulatory regions that are likely to contribute to autism, using a speedy system of DNA ‘barcodes.’

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Maternal infection may accelerate expression of autism genes

by  /  21 October 2019

Exposure to infection in utero may speed up the expression of many genes linked to autism — and hasten changes in brain anatomy.

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Strand of DNA with one base letter highlighted.
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DNA technique documents key events in cell history

by  /  18 October 2019

A new method uses mutations in DNA to maintain a detailed record of series of cellular events.

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Brain ‘organoids’ point to new drug target for fragile X syndrome

by  /  18 October 2019

New findings hint at why drugs that work in mouse models of fragile X syndrome have not been effective in people.

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black and blue striped dress on pregnant woman shows DNA helix
Opinion / Q&A

Rare access to fetal tissue yields valuable insights into autism

by  /  15 October 2019

Molecular biologist Jonathan Mill is probing gene expression’s role in autism in uncharted territory — the fetal human brain.

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