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Tag: Journal of Neuroscience

Sleep ‘boosts brain cell numbers’

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UoW) have discovered another reason why sleep is great! Resting boosts the growth of special cells — called oligodendrocytes — that repair the brain when it is injured, according to new findings reported in the Journal of Neuroscience. “For a long time, sleep researchers focused on how the activity of nerve cells differs…

Gene therapy reverses Rett Syndrome in Animal Model

Gene therapy in mice shows great success in treating Rett syndrome, a physically disabling form of autism that affects girls. “The treated mice showed profound improvements in motor function, tremors, seizures and compulsive movements” The concept behind gene therapy is simple: deliver a healthy gene to compensate for one that is mutated. New research published today…

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