Common genetic link between autism and Tourette’s impairs brain communication

Lancaster University researchers have discovered, for the first time, how a genetic alteration that increases the risk of developing Autism and Tourette’s impacts on the brain. Their research also suggests that ketamine, or related drugs, may be a useful treatment for both of these disorders. Autism affects an estimated 2.8 million people in the UK … Read more Common genetic link between autism and Tourette’s impairs brain communication

Yale researchers develop way to help brain organoids thrive

Brain organoids created from human embryonic stem cells offer scientists a powerful way to study the developing brain in three dimensions. However, organoids need nutrients and oxygen carried in blood to thrive, just as a developing fetal brain does. Now Yale researchers have developed a method to induce growth of blood vessels in organoids and … Read more Yale researchers develop way to help brain organoids thrive

The neuroscience of autism: New clues for how condition begins

UNC School of Medicine scientists unveiled how a particular gene helps organize the scaffolding of brain cells called radial progenitors necessary for the orderly formation of the brain. Previous studies have shown that this gene is mutated in some people with autism. The discovery, published in┬áNeuron, illuminates the molecular details of a key process in … Read more The neuroscience of autism: New clues for how condition begins