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Tag: MECP2

November 2015
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Newly named player in gene expression may be key in autism

by  /  23 November 2015

A chemical tag on DNA that has risen to prominence only in the past few years is altered in people with autism, suggest results from an autism mouse model.

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Imaging method reveals DNA’s packaging in three dimensions

by  /  12 November 2015

A new technique creates a detailed picture of of chromatin — the coiled complex of DNA and proteins — in individual brain cells.

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Brain stimulation could ease memory problems in Rett syndrome

by  /  2 November 2015

Electrically stimulating a particular circuit in the brain shows promise for reversing symptoms of Rett syndrome, a disorder that shares features with autism.

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October 2015
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Autism model reveals brain processes behind ‘super’ skills

by  /  21 October 2015

Structural changes in the connections between neurons may underlie the enhanced learning and motor skills of a mouse model of autism.

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Monkey models march into autism research arena

by  /  21 October 2015

Overcoming profound technical challenges, researchers may be well on their way to making a troop of monkey models for studying autism and related conditions

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Differences between rodents show limitations of models

by  /  20 October 2015

The same autism-linked mutation can lead to dramatically different behaviors in rats and mice.

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Excitatory neurons may underlie some aspects of Rett syndrome

by  /  17 October 2015

Mice that lack the Rett gene in a subset of neurons that activate neural circuits develop tremor and anxiety-like behaviors, two characteristics of the syndrome.

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Study grants starring role to astrocytes in Rett syndrome

by  /  17 October 2015

A new study casts brain cells called astrocytes as minor stars in Rett syndrome, a disorder that almost exclusively affects girls.

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New methods tighten ​net​ around autism genes

by  /  9 October 2015

Autism researchers are sharpening their statistical tools to make sense of the growing pool of autism genes.

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Dispatches from ASHG 2015

by  /  9 October 2015

These short reports from our reporter, Jessica Wright, give you the inside scoop on developments at the 2015 American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting.

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