In a new study, researchers say they have identified a gene that could be a key to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism as well as a potential therapy for such conditions.
“The development of the human brain is a very complex process,” said Bettina Weigel, a study co-author and a PhD student at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, in an article accompanying the study. “This complexity renders it sensitive to disruption, which can cause neurodevelopmental defects.”
For the study, researchers used mice that were genetically engineered with human neurons to more closely understand the interplay between these genes and neurodevelopmental disorders in people.
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