UCLA Scientists Image How Parkinson's Genes Misfire in Mice; May Help Identify Genes for Autism, Schizophrenia

May 2002
Ascribe Newswire: Health;5/29/2002, p10
This article reports on the development, by UCLA scientists published in the June 2001 edition of the periodical "Genome Research," of a fast new way to image how thousands of genes misfire proteins in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease. The approach may provide a research blueprint for pinpointing abnormal brain regions linked to autism and schizophrenia. UCLA pharmacologist Desmond Smith used voxelation to compare gene expression in brains of mice. "This approach identifies which genes play a role in abnormal brain function and where they are located," said Smith.


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