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Tag: Rett syndrome

October 2015
News

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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News

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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News

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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August 2015
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Huda Zoghbi explores biology of Rett syndrome

30 September 2015

Watch the complete replay of Huda Zoghbi discussing the genetics and molecular biology of Rett syndrome, an autism-like neurodevelopmental disorder.

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News

Blinking mice bolster cerebellum’s link to autism

by  /  14 August 2015

Mice carrying any one of five autism-linked mutations struggle to associate a flash of light with an irritating puff of air. The findings suggest that the mice have trouble integrating information from multiple senses — a skill governed by the cerebellum.

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July 2015
News

Lab-spun spheres reveal common biology in boys with autism

by  /  16 July 2015

Balls of neurons derived from skin cells of four boys with autism show shared alterations in biology and gene expression, researchers reported today in Cell. The findings finger FOXG1, a gene involved in brain development, as a player in autism.

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June 2015
News

Protein webs tangle up neurons in autism-linked disorder

by  /  26 June 2015

Star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes weave a web of proteins that derails brain development in the autism-like Costello syndrome. The findings add to mounting evidence that brain cells other than neurons contribute to autism.

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Week of JuneJun
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2015
News / Spotted

Spotted: Sexist scientist; pricey problem

by  /  12 June 2015

Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt resigns after ranting about women in labs, and American scientists blow $28 billion a year on research that can’t be replicated.

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Opinion

Startled fish help sound out sensory overload in autism

by  /  8 June 2015

There is some evidence that neural habituation — the process by which neurons get used to sensory stimuli — goes awry in autism. Mutant fish may help us understand the sensory sensitivities that often accompany the disorder, says Alan Packer.

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May 2015
News

Buildup of gene tags may clarify timing of Rett syndrome

by  /  22 May 2015

A new study may help explain why the symptoms of Rett syndrome appear 6 to 18 months after birth. It suggests that the role of MeCP2, the protein missing in the syndrome, becomes more important as the brain matures.

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