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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.
Researchers identify process in the brains of mice that may explain repetitive actions in Rett patients

Researchers identify process in the brains of mice that may explain repetitive actions in Rett patients

Skin cells derived from autistic donors grow faster than those from control subjects

Skin cells derived from autistic donors grow faster than those from control subjects

Scientists use stem cell techniques to unravel biology of autism

Scientists use stem cell techniques to unravel biology of autism

Mice studies reveal new insights into neurons that cause symptoms of Rett syndrome

Mice studies reveal new insights into neurons that cause symptoms of Rett syndrome

Drexel University researchers aim to identify new molecular mechanisms involved in chronic pain

Drexel University researchers aim to identify new molecular mechanisms involved in chronic pain

Researchers identify 43 specific genes associated with both autism and cancer

Researchers identify 43 specific genes associated with both autism and cancer

Drexel study provides new insight into future treatment of breathing disorders

Drexel study provides new insight into future treatment of breathing disorders

DNA sequence features predict genome-wide binding pattern of key protein involved in brain disorders

DNA sequence features predict genome-wide binding pattern of key protein involved in brain disorders

LouLou Foundation, Penn Med set up Program of Excellence to develop treatments for children with CDKL5

LouLou Foundation, Penn Med set up Program of Excellence to develop treatments for children with CDKL5

Research could lead to new treatment for Rett Syndrome, other forms of autism

Research could lead to new treatment for Rett Syndrome, other forms of autism

Research reveals MECP2 Duplication Syndrome can be reversed

Research reveals MECP2 Duplication Syndrome can be reversed

Study provides biochemical links between genes linked to autism and the inhibition of nerve cells

Study provides biochemical links between genes linked to autism and the inhibition of nerve cells

New genetic discovery could lead to better treatment for X-linked diseases

New genetic discovery could lead to better treatment for X-linked diseases

Researchers use stem cell-derived 'mini-brains' to identify drug candidate for rare neurological disorder

Researchers use stem cell-derived 'mini-brains' to identify drug candidate for rare neurological disorder

RSAM, Rettsyndrome.org renew commitment to jointly defeat Rett syndrome

RSAM, Rettsyndrome.org renew commitment to jointly defeat Rett syndrome

Study finds mechanism that identifies cause of intellectual disabilities in autism, Rett syndrome

Study finds mechanism that identifies cause of intellectual disabilities in autism, Rett syndrome

Scientists and families to gather in The Woodlands, Texas to build up community around Christianson Syndrome

Scientists and families to gather in The Woodlands, Texas to build up community around Christianson Syndrome

New 2015 Rettsyndrome.org awards announced

New 2015 Rettsyndrome.org awards announced

Immune system plays surprising role in the progression of Rett syndrome

Immune system plays surprising role in the progression of Rett syndrome

UVA research identifies new role of immune system in Rett syndrome

UVA research identifies new role of immune system in Rett syndrome