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Researchers find new genetic pathway behind neurodevelopmental disorders
Date:12/6/2012

surprising discovery: some individuals had mutations in a gene that did not make protein.

"Our discovery tells us that mutations in genes that code only for RNA and do not make protein can have a functional impact and lead to neurodevelopmental abnormalities," Ernst says. "In previous studies of brain development, RNA was just considered a middle player one that only served as a template for the production of proteins."

By opening up a new area of study involving RNA, Ernst aims to advance understanding of the underlying causes of neurodevelopmental disorders. "We hope to shine a new light on how the brain develops," he says.


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Contact: Anne Quirion
anne.quirion@douglas.mcgill.ca
514-443-9990
Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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