Washington: Scientists have found how mutations in a single gene can produce the complex cognitive deficits characteristic of Fragile X Syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability.As the majority of patients with Fragile X Syndrome also display autism-like symptoms, the findings offer hope for treating both conditions. Their study defines a set of messenger RNA (mRNA) molecules that the Fragile-X mental retardation protein (FMRP) binds in the brains of mice.
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