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Tag: Rett syndrome

November 2016

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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October 2016

Drug duo may reverse effects of Rett mutations in cells

by  /  21 October 2016

A pair of existing drugs normalizes the appearance and activity of neurons derived from the skin of individuals with Rett syndrome.

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Week of OctoberOct
10th
2016

Rett reflections; supplement scare; gender studies

by  /  14 October 2016

It’s been 50 years since the first description of Rett syndrome, a hodgepodge of supplements sickens a boy with autism, and gender stereotypes make it hard to spot girls on the spectrum.

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Questions for Rudolf Jaenisch: Creating mouse-human hybrids

by  /  4 October 2016

Despite ethical concerns, watching how human neurons develop in the mouse brain could help scientists understand conditions such as autism.

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September 2016

Brain’s immune cells may only play bit part in Rett syndrome

by  /  21 September 2016

Contrary to some previous reports, microglia may not play a central role in initiating Rett syndrome.

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Loss, doubling of Rett gene produce similar brain glitch

by  /  15 September 2016

Mice with either too little or too much MeCP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome, show similar malfunctions in a learning and memory circuit.

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July 2016

Neurons from boys with autism grow unusually fast

by  /  28 July 2016

Cells derived from the skin of boys and men with autism share a host of unusual characteristics.

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Two types of neurons play key roles in Rett syndrome

by  /  27 July 2016

Manipulating MeCP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome, has revealed two neuron types as crucial contributors to the condition.

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June 2016

Breathing issues in Rett stem from distinct neural circuits

by  /  24 June 2016

Each of the various breathing difficulties seen in people with Rett syndrome may arise from a distinct circuit in the brainstem.

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The treasures of monkey island

by  /  22 June 2016

On Cayo Santiago island, scientists track the alliances and power struggles of a colony of feral monkeys — collecting data to generate new insights into the social challenges that people with autism face.

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