Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Study: Autism and Schizophrenia Develop During Short Period in Infancy

Genes connected to the two disorders may only be active for a brief window of time.The study, while in mice, could provide clues about how the developmental disorders develop. Focusing on a region of the brain known as the subplate, where the first nerve cells develop, researchers at the University of Oxford, King’s College London and Imperial College London found that genes linked to autism and schizophrenia were only active in these regions during early stages of brain development.

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