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L'X fragile sera vaincu | Fragile X will be conquered

Doctors find way to reverse autism effects

Times of India ! :

Malathy Iyer, TNN, Jun 8, 2010, 04.29am IST

MUMBAI: New research by a team of Bangalore-based scientists has given hope to those with emotional problems caused by the inheritance of a fragile X chromosome. The researchers, for the first time in the world, mapped defective connections between nerve cells in the emotional hub of the brain of mice who had Fragile X Syndrome. The research has just been published in the online edition of the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In humans, while a fragile X chromosome may be passed from one generation to the next with no debilitating effects, the syndrome does affect one in 4,000 men and one in 6,000 women. Upto 20% of boys with autism have the condition due to Fragile X.

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