Preclinical Inquiry into 1 Mutation Sheds Light on Addiction and a Birth Defect, Duke University Medical Center Study

E! Science News -- When a certain protein is mutated or missing, symptoms of the neurodevelopmental disorder Rett syndrome arise, causing a gradual loss of brain function during early development. This fact led Duke University Medical Center researchers to test a theory that the protein might also contribute to nerve-cell connection (synapse) changes in a fully formed adult mouse brain when exposed to psychostimulant use.

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