Joubert Syndrome: Intellectual Disability and Defects in the Hippocampus
Image Credit: Joubert Syndrome Foundation
Article Source: Science Daily
An important link has been found between the intellectual disability experienced by children with the rare disease Joubert Syndrome (JS) and defects in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the brain associated with learning and memory. It also plays a role in various neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Biologists at the University of Bath in the UK, led by Dr Vasanta Subramanian, made this link in animal models by manipulating a gene (one of 34) known to cause JS in humans. Results from the study are published in Human Molecular Genetics.
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