Possible marker for early diagnosis of CTE identified

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects people who suffer repeated head injuries. It most commonly is associated with former football players but has been detected in post-mortem brains of former players from hockey, rugby, and boxing. One study identified CTE in 99% of former NFL player brains that had been donated…

Using mice to understand the genetics behind autism

Numerous studies have tried to understand the genetic component of autism in an effort to understand the origins of the disorder. A few key genes have come up as important including a gene known as CHD8 or Chromodomain-helicase-DNA-binding protein 8. This gene has been shown to be mutated in some individuals with autism and be…