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Rett syndrome is a neurological and developmental disorder that mostly occurs in females. Infants with Rett syndrome seem to grow and develop normally at first, but then stop developing and even lose skills and abilities. For instance, they stop talking even though they used to say certain words. They lose their ability to walk properly. They stop using their hands to do things and often develop stereotyped hand movements, such as wringing, clapping, or patting their hands. Rett syndrome is considered one of the autism spectrum disorders. Most cases of Rett syndrome are caused by a mutation on the MECP2 gene, which is found on the X chromosome.
Criticality is a hallmark of normally functioning brain networks, research shows

Criticality is a hallmark of normally functioning brain networks, research shows

$28 million grant supports Cincinnati Children's role as coordinating center for Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network

$28 million grant supports Cincinnati Children's role as coordinating center for Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network

Cure for Rett Syndrome a step closer as scientists successfully reactivate 'back-up’ genes

Cure for Rett Syndrome a step closer as scientists successfully reactivate 'back-up’ genes

Measuring pupil dilation and heart rate using AI could enable earlier diagnosis of autism

Measuring pupil dilation and heart rate using AI could enable earlier diagnosis of autism

Exosomes can restore health to brain cells affected by developmental disease

Exosomes can restore health to brain cells affected by developmental disease

Dietary supplement improves neuronal function of a patient with atypical Rett syndrome

Dietary supplement improves neuronal function of a patient with atypical Rett syndrome

Rettsyndrome.org funds research that will benefit boys and girls with MECP2-related disorders

Rettsyndrome.org funds research that will benefit boys and girls with MECP2-related disorders

Genetic mutations in brain development lead to discovery of rare genetic diseases

Genetic mutations in brain development lead to discovery of rare genetic diseases

Study reveals how one mutation causes the most common inherited intellectual disability

Study reveals how one mutation causes the most common inherited intellectual disability

Newron announces successful completion of patient enrollment in STARS study

Newron announces successful completion of patient enrollment in STARS study

Recent findings on rare genetic disorder may help develop new treatment options

Recent findings on rare genetic disorder may help develop new treatment options

Targeting biochemical pathway may lead to new therapies for alleviating symptoms of anxiety disorders

Targeting biochemical pathway may lead to new therapies for alleviating symptoms of anxiety disorders

Neuroscientists unravel how two different types of brain plasticity work on synapses

Neuroscientists unravel how two different types of brain plasticity work on synapses

Drug treatment at a young age could help reverse autism-like behavior in tuberous sclerosis

Drug treatment at a young age could help reverse autism-like behavior in tuberous sclerosis

New mouse model shows great promise for Rett syndrome research

New mouse model shows great promise for Rett syndrome research

Researchers discover protein responsible for X chromosome inactivation

Researchers discover protein responsible for X chromosome inactivation

New drug reduces symptoms of Rett syndrome in preclinical models

New drug reduces symptoms of Rett syndrome in preclinical models

Researchers reverse symptoms associated with Rett syndrome in mouse model

Researchers reverse symptoms associated with Rett syndrome in mouse model

MGH study points toward potential strategy for treating X-linked disorders

MGH study points toward potential strategy for treating X-linked disorders

Drug used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus

Drug used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus