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Toward a better understanding of the genes incriminated in mental retardation

02/25/2014

Could yeast experiments help us better understand the causes of mental retardation? Surprising as it may seem, researchers at CEA-IRTSV used the yeast model to explain the molecular origin of some cortex defaults in humans. These results were published in the scientific journal Nature Genetics.

Thanks to the improvements in imaging, scientists know better and better the anatomical anomalies which cause mental retardation. Cortex malformations and a malfunction of neuronal circuitry are blamed. Yet, much remains to be done to know the origin of those disruptions.

Read the whole article on the DSV website (in French).

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