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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: Rett syndrome

June 2016

Autism’s social problems may stem from sense of touch

by  /  9 June 2016

The anxiety and trouble with social skills seen in people with autism may originate outside of the brain, in neurons that govern touch.

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April 2016

Rett syndrome gene may play key role in adult brain

by  /  6 April 2016

MeCP2, a gene associated with neurodevelopmental conditions such as Rett syndrome and autism, has an unexpectedly essential role in mature brains.

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December 2015

Notable papers of 2015

22 December 2015

Our top 10 papers for this year, based on input from autism researchers, capture the full spectrum of findings — from molecular biology to large-scale epidemiology.


Two mouse models pinpoint neurons at center of Rett syndrome

by  /  21 December 2015

Most symptoms of Rett syndrome stem from loss of the MeCP2 gene in just two types of neurons.

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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.

November 2015

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.


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.


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.

October 2015

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.