Neuroscience

Rett syndrome drug shows promise in clinical trial

Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes mental retardation, autism, and physical deformities, has no cure. However, a small clinical trial has found that a growth factor known as IGF1 can help treat some symptoms ...

Medical research

Neurons grown from skin cells may hold clues to autism

Potential clues to how autism miswires the brain are emerging from a study of a rare, purely genetic form of the disorders that affects fewer than 20 people worldwide. Using cutting-edge "disease-in a-dish" technology, researchers ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Cell antennas lacking in Fragile X syndrome, study finds

Structures called primary cilia—which act like TV antennas for cells to detect signals—are present in fewer numbers in mice born with Fragile X syndrome, according to researchers from The University of Texas Health Science ...

Medical research

Persistent DNA damage in the placenta affects pregnancy outcomes

Scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have shown that a dysfunctional placenta can play a previously unrecognized role during the earliest stages of development in mouse models of Cornelia de Lange syndrome. ...

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