Yearly Archives: 2017

Simons Fellow Ritchie Chen on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2018

MIT brainpower highlighted in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists for 2018 Forbes calls this year’s 30 Under 30 lists an “encyclopedia of creative disruption.” Source: [Jay London | MIT Alumni Association | November 21, 2017] Forbes calls its 2018 30 Under 30 lists an “encyclopedia of creative disruption featuring 600 young stars in 20 different […]

Autism in fragile X syndrome tied to seizures, sleep problems

Source: [Spectrum, Hannah Furfaro | October 25, 2017] In people with fragile X syndrome, autism is often accompanied by seizures, trouble falling asleep and anxiety, a new study suggests1. Fragile X syndrome is an inherited form of intellectual disability. Small studies and family surveys have hinted that people who have both fragile […]

‘Mini-gene’ therapy relieves features of Rett syndrome in mice

Source: [Spectrum, Hannah Furfaro | October 11, 2017] Delivering a fragment of the Rett syndrome gene, MECP2, into neurons eases features of the syndrome in mice, according to a new study. The findings appeared today in Nature1. The MECP2 protein is a master regulator of other genes, and a lack of it leads […]

Maternal infection may trigger autism traits via neuronal ‘patches’

Source: [Spectrum, Marissa Fessenden | October 2, 2017] Patches of overactive neurons in the brains of mice exposed to inflammation in the womb may lead to autism-like features in the mice, a new study suggests1. Treating pregnant mice with an antibiotic prevents these patches in their pups, a related study suggests2. The patches […]

Babies can learn that hard work pays off

Study finds infants try harder after seeing adults struggle to achieve a goal. Source: [MIT News Office, Anne Trafton | September 21, 2017] If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. A new study from MIT reveals that babies as young as 15 months can learn to follow this […]