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Archive for January 13, 2015

Genetic brain disorders start at the synapse

autism fragile x

As we’ve seen from research featured here at the lab, there are many¬†genetic disorders that cause intellectual disability and autism. Historically, these were viewed as untreatable. However, in recent years we¬†have shown via animal models that it is possible to reverse the effects of these gene mutations. But the question remained whether different gene mutations disrupt common physiological processes. If this were the case, a treatment developed for one genetic cause of autism and intellectual disability might be useful for many others.

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