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Study provides insight into neurological disorders

Study provides insight into neurological disorders
14th November 2012

A new piece of research has revealed insight into neurological disorders.

The new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine found how some nerve cells, called interneurons, navigate during the development of the cerebral cortex.

It was revealed by the research that mutations in a key gene behind this navigation system underlie a rare neurological disorder called Joubert syndrome, which is a condition linked with autism spectrum disorders and brain structure malformations.

"We found that primary cilia play an important role in guiding neurons to their appropriate places during development so that the neurons can wire up appropriately later on," said senior study author Eva Anton, a professor in the UNC Neuroscience Center and the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology at the UNC School of Medicine.

Dr Eric Reiman, one of the scientists involved in a recent neurological study, stated early signs of Alzheimer's disease can be detected decades before any symptoms of the condition begin to appear.

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