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Tag: Rett syndrome

March 2017
News

Muting X chromosome silencers may serve as remedy for Rett

by  /  30 March 2017

Manipulating pathways that help silence the X chromosome may help treat Rett syndrome, a condition closely related to autism.

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Four white mice bike ahead of a white rat, who is juggling on a unicycle; suggesting that rats can do more for research than mice.
Features / Deep Dive

Meet the newest contestant in the scientific rat race

by  /  15 March 2017

Mice have long been the mainstay of autism research, but a small group of scientists say rats are the superior choice. Rats are bigger, smarter, friendlier — and a lot more fun.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Questions for Huda Zoghbi: Studying Rett in the rodent brain

by  /  14 March 2017

Removing the Rett syndrome gene, MeCP2, from distinct cells and brain regions reveals hidden features of the condition.

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illustration of person with autism struggling with addiction
Features / Deep Dive

Autism’s hidden habit

by  /  1 March 2017

Conventional wisdom holds that people with autism don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs, but new evidence suggests otherwise.

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January 2017
News

Sound processing skewed in mouse model of Rett syndrome

by  /  27 January 2017

Researchers have traced an unusual maternal behavior in female mice modeling Rett syndrome to a neural circuit that processes sound. They have also found a drug that reverses this behavior.

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News

New approach may treat autism by dialing up genes

by  /  26 January 2017

Injecting tiny pieces of RNA into the brain may someday serve as a therapy for certain forms of autism.

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November 2016
News

Autism treatments may normalize brain volume in adult mice

by  /  17 November 2016

The effects of autism mutations on brain volume might be reversible, even in a mature brain.

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Extra dose of Rett syndrome gene alters brain waves in monkeys

by  /  16 November 2016

Monkeys with multiple copies of the gene MeCP2 have irregular brain waves similar to those seen in some children with autism.

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News

New treatment for Rett syndrome targets cerebrospinal fluid

by  /  15 November 2016

Lowering the levels of OTX2, a protein found in the fluid that bathes the brain, prevents many abnormal behaviors in mouse models of Rett syndrome.

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News

Laser lights up deep layers of ‘mini-brains’

by  /  13 November 2016

An imaging technique that lights up cells without involving fluorescent markers lets scientists see deep inside spheres of neurons.

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