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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.
Newly discovered role of MECP2 gene in Rett Syndrome

Newly discovered role of MECP2 gene in Rett Syndrome

Rett syndrome discovery

Rett syndrome discovery

Rett Syndrome gene discovery

Rett Syndrome gene discovery

Protein snapin has potential as a drug target in therapies aimed at learning and memory disorders

Protein snapin has potential as a drug target in therapies aimed at learning and memory disorders

Mouse model of Rett Syndrome displays reduced cortical activity

Mouse model of Rett Syndrome displays reduced cortical activity

Some people with autism and large heads may have an increased risk of cancer

Some people with autism and large heads may have an increased risk of cancer

DLX5 gene may play a role in the pathology of Rett Syndrome

DLX5 gene may play a role in the pathology of Rett Syndrome

Rett Syndrome, the first identified epigenetic disease -  linked to specific defects in the three-dimensional folding of chromatin

Rett Syndrome, the first identified epigenetic disease - linked to specific defects in the three-dimensional folding of chromatin

Entirely new approach to the treatment of aging

Entirely new approach to the treatment of aging

New research findings in study of Rett Syndrome

New research findings in study of Rett Syndrome

Researchers discover new form of the Rett syndrome protein

Researchers discover new form of the Rett syndrome protein