Fragile X Syndrome News and Research

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Fragile X syndrome is the most common form of inherited mental retardation. A problem with a specific gene causes the disease. Normally, the gene makes a protein you need for brain development. But the mutation causes a person to make little or none of the protein, which results in the symptoms of Fragile X.
“Expansion Hunter” method can detect DNA errors that lead to repeat expansion diseases

“Expansion Hunter” method can detect DNA errors that lead to repeat expansion diseases

New tool helps measure communication development in youth with Down syndrome

New tool helps measure communication development in youth with Down syndrome

Metabolic dysfunction found in mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders

Metabolic dysfunction found in mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders

UVA researcher developing innovative gene therapy to help children with Rett syndrome

UVA researcher developing innovative gene therapy to help children with Rett syndrome

Researchers find new way to prevent attention deficits associated with Fragile X syndrome

Researchers find new way to prevent attention deficits associated with Fragile X syndrome

Study: TALEN is five times more efficient than CRISPR-Cas9 in tightly packed DNA

Study: TALEN is five times more efficient than CRISPR-Cas9 in tightly packed DNA

Researchers discover mechanisms underlying learning and memory formation in the brain

Researchers discover mechanisms underlying learning and memory formation in the brain

Mice born with Fragile X syndrome have fewer cell antennas

Mice born with Fragile X syndrome have fewer cell antennas

Researchers solve the mystery of genetic defect in horses

Researchers solve the mystery of genetic defect in horses

Breakthrough discovery could lead to treatment of Fragile X syndrome

Breakthrough discovery could lead to treatment of Fragile X syndrome

Gene mutation linked to MEF2C haploinsufficiency syndrome

Gene mutation linked to MEF2C haploinsufficiency syndrome

Scripps professor receives Research Program Award for advancing RNA-targeting medicines

Scripps professor receives Research Program Award for advancing RNA-targeting medicines

Study: Behavioral intervention is effective in treating language problems in youth with FXS

Study: Behavioral intervention is effective in treating language problems in youth with FXS

Genetic mutation found to improve cognitive flexibility in mice

Genetic mutation found to improve cognitive flexibility in mice

New test to measure expressive language skills of people with Fragile X syndrome

New test to measure expressive language skills of people with Fragile X syndrome

ELS can be useful in measuring outcomes for treatment studies in intellectual disabilities

ELS can be useful in measuring outcomes for treatment studies in intellectual disabilities

Study reveals the neural basis of sensory hypersensitivity in people with autism

Study reveals the neural basis of sensory hypersensitivity in people with autism

Fragile X syndrome-causing repeats help human neurons function, study finds

Fragile X syndrome-causing repeats help human neurons function, study finds

Link between autism and poor cognition

Link between autism and poor cognition

Non-invasive electrostimulation of the vagus nerve improves memory in mice

Non-invasive electrostimulation of the vagus nerve improves memory in mice