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Tag: Rett syndrome

December 2015
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Drug eases symptoms of rare autism-like syndrome in mice

by  /  10 December 2015

A drug that curbs the expression of MeCP2, a gene duplicated in people with an autism-linked syndrome, normalizes brain function and reverses abnormal behaviors in mice.

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November 2015
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An overdue query in autism science: What, exactly, is autism?

by  /  30 November 2015

As powerful genetic tools identify increasing numbers of autism genes, scientists are parsing the pool of autism into new syndromes, each with a distinct genetic origin.

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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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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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Lab gearing up to screen candidate drugs for Rett syndrome

by  /  21 October 2015

Researchers have established a battery of robust rodent assays to screen treatments for Rett syndrome.

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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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Of mice and women

by  /  19 October 2015

A new government mandate requires researchers to include females in their animal studies — or explain why they don’t. What will this mean for autism research?

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Drug rescues learning deficits in Rett syndrome mouse

by  /  18 October 2015

A new drug that targets a molecule involved in learning reverses some cognitive difficulties in a mouse model of Rett syndrome.

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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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