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Tag: Rett syndrome

May 2018

Why the definition of autism needs to be refined

by  /  9 May 2018

Five years after its latest revision, the manual used to diagnose autism is back under scrutiny, as evidence suggests it excludes some people on the spectrum.

April 2018
Week of AprilApr

New journal; organoid ethics; acetaminophen association and more

by  /  27 April 2018

A journal covering autism in adulthood makes its debut, researchers call for an ethical framework for human organoid studies, and the association between acetaminophen and autism risk comes under scrutiny.

Week of AprilApr

Fragile X checklist; France plays catch-up; bar-coded neurons and more

by  /  13 April 2018

A checklist for fragile X syndrome could help identify people with the condition in low-resource settings, France unveils a plan for early diagnosis and education of children with autism, and virally inserted ‘bar codes’ help track individual neurons.

February 2018
Week of JanuaryJan

Prenatal microbiome; standing by stereotypes; Common Rule delay and more

by  /  2 February 2018

Microbiologists debate the existence of bacteria in the womb, yet another movie relies on stereotypes to portray a person with autism, and the U.S. federal government delays implementation of the Common Rule for clinical research.

December 2017

Five hot topics in autism research in 2017

by  /  22 December 2017

We waded through the sea of autism studies published in 2017 and spotted several themes.

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Gene therapy success raises hopes for approach in Rett syndrome

by  /  20 December 2017

Success in a small clinical trial of spinal muscular atrophy suggests gene therapy might treat single-gene conditions related to autism.

November 2017

Journal club: Exploring treatments for Rett syndrome

11 December 2017

Watch the complete replay of this journal club, which featured two papers that explore therapies for Rett syndrome.

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Experimental Huntington’s drug improves gait in Rett mice

by  /  14 November 2017

A candidate drug in clinical trials for Huntington’s disease reverses gait problems in a mouse model of Rett syndrome.

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ett syndrome drugs are unlikely to affect all neurons in the brain in the same way.

Rett syndrome mutation’s effects vary by cell type

by  /  14 November 2017

Mutations in the Rett syndrome gene MECP2 have different effects on subtypes of neurons.

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Scientists move closer to gene therapy for Rett syndrome

by  /  14 November 2017

A virus that delivers a working copy of the Rett syndrome gene to the brain improves features of the condition in mice, and appears to be safe in monkeys.