Tag: epigenetics

November 2017
News

Maternal asthma alters immune cells in fetal brain

by  /  14 November 2017

Mouse pups exposed to an immune response in the womb show autism-like behaviors and altered gene expression in brain cells called microglia.

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News

Rett syndrome mutation’s effects vary by cell type

by  /  14 November 2017

Mutations in the Rett syndrome gene MECP2 have different effects on subtypes of neurons.

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Features / Deep Dive

Banking on brains for clues to autism

by  /  1 November 2017

New initiatives aim to increase brain donations for autism research and maximize what scientists can learn from these precious specimens.

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October 2017
Week of OctoberOct
23rd
2017
News / Spotted

Wi-Fi flap; obsessive-compulsive link; brain catalog and more

by  /  27 October 2017

Two researchers balk at talk that Wi-Fi and autism are linked, changes in an autism risk gene are tied to obsessive-compulsive traits in three species, and scientists plan to conduct a census of all of the brain’s cell types.

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News

‘Mini-gene’ therapy relieves features of Rett syndrome in mice

by  /  11 October 2017

Delivering a fragment of the Rett syndrome gene MECP2 into neurons eases features of the syndrome in a mouse model.

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September 2017
Week of SeptemberSep
25th
2017
News / Spotted

Genetics do-over; iffy influences; high-tech education and more

by  /  29 September 2017

A re-analysis of data yields an increased estimate for the genetic contribution to autism, how the environment might contribute to autism is hard to pin down, and students on the spectrum describe the benefits of using technology at school.

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News / Toolbox

Method that maps DNA tags reveals new types of neurons

by  /  15 September 2017

A new technique classifies neurons by surveying chemical tags that turn genes on or off on the neurons’ DNA.

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Week of SeptemberSep
4th
2017
News / Spotted

Face learning; mosaic inheritance; nosy scientists and more

by  /  8 September 2017

A monkey study suggests facial recognition is not innate, a puzzle piece symbol carries negative connotations, and scientists are using a federal law to snoop on colleagues.

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June 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Chemical tags reveal interplay of genes, environment in autism

by  /  20 June 2017

The landscape of chemical modifications on the DNA of people with autism could reveal clues to the condition and lead to treatments.

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News / Toolbox

CRISPR hack unearths gems buried in ‘dark genome’

by  /  9 June 2017

Tweaks to the CRISPR gene-editing system allow researchers to spot stretches of DNA that regulate gene expression.

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