Tag: mouse models

February 2017
News

Rats with mutant SHANK genes show autism-like behaviors

by  /  16 February 2017

Researchers have engineered two new rats with mutations in a family of genes that function at neuronal junctions, they reported today at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research in Atlanta.

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January 2017
News

Sound processing skewed in mouse model of Rett syndrome

by  /  27 January 2017

Researchers have traced an unusual maternal behavior in female mice modeling Rett syndrome to a neural circuit that processes sound. They have also found a drug that reverses this behavior.

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Mice may illuminate workings of star-shaped brain cells

by  /  20 January 2017

Two new strains of mice allow researchers to monitor and manipulate brain cells called astrocytes.

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Features / Deep Dive

The curious connection between autism and cancer

by  /  11 January 2017

A surprising number of genes associated with autism also have links to cancer. Does that mean cancer drugs can treat autism?

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Rare form of autism linked to lack of key nutrient

by  /  5 January 2017

A mutation that prevents some amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, from entering the brain may lead to autism.

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December 2016
Heavy pill on scale
Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

Hot topics of 2016

26 December 2016

These five trending topics hint at important discoveries to come.

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Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

From temperature to toys, strange stimuli skew rodent results

26 December 2016

Interpreting mouse and rat behavior is tricky because of the hidden factors that can influence experiments.

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Cozy cage offers natural setting for mice to socialize

by  /  6 December 2016

New cages for mice mimic the animals’ natural burrows, providing a realistic environment for studies of social behavior.

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November 2016
News

Despite setbacks, fragile X drugs file into clinical trials

by  /  30 November 2016

Our infographic displays efforts to develop treatments for fragile X syndrome. So far, none of them have passed muster in clinical trials.

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Mutation tied to autism deprives male mice of their sleep

by  /  23 November 2016

A DNA deletion linked to autism causes male mice, but not females, to have trouble falling asleep.

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