Feb 28, 2023

Social deficits and seizures in autism genetic subtype tied to overexcited brain circuits

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Northwestern Medicine scientists have identified the cause of a genetic subtype of autism and schizophrenia that results in social deficits and seizures in mice and humans.

Scientists have discovered a key feature of this subtype is a duplicated gene that results in overactive or overexcited brain circuits. The subtype is called 16p11.2 duplication syndrome.

“We found that mice with the same found in humans are more likely to have and also have ,” said lead author Marc Forrest, research assistant professor of neuroscience at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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