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Study looks at stem cells for answers to how a type of autism develops

from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago via Medical Xpress

The lab of Yongchao Ma, Ph.D., from Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, discovered how the genetic defect in fragile X syndrome — a type of autism — delays production of neurons (nerve cells) at a critical time in the embryo's brain development. In a study published in Cell Reports, Ma and colleagues describe a previously unknown regulatory mechanism controlling how stem cells differentiate into neurons. more

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