June 22, 2012

A New Approach To Deciphering The Roles Of Genes Associated With Autism

Fish cannot display symptoms of autism, schizophrenia or other human brain disorders. However, a team of MIT biologists has shown that zebrafish can be a useful tool for studying the genes that contribute to such disorders.

Led by developmental biologist Hazel Sive, the researchers set out to explore a group of about two dozen genes known to be either missing or duplicated in about 1 percent of autistic patients. Most of the genes' functions were unknown, but the MIT study revealed... READ MORE >>

Full story: Medical News Today

Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release. 


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