Rare Gene Mutation Carried by Quebec Family Sheds Light on How Brain is Wired

Rare Gene Mutation Carried by Quebec Family Sheds Light on How Brain is Wired

The study of a Quebec family with an unusual gene provides novel insight into how our brain is built and, according to the McGill led team of scientists, offers a better understanding of psychiatric disorders such as depression, addictions, and schizophrenia. Very little is known about how the human brain wires itself. Mouse studies conducted by Cecilia Flores, Professor in McGill's Department of Psychiatry, have previously shown that the gene, DCC, helps dopamine-producing cells in the developing adolescent brain make specific connections. Building upon this work, a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience by Professor Flores and Marco...

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