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Scientists Reverse Mental Retardation in Mice

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posted on Jun, 28 2007 @ 11:10 PM
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Scientists Reverse Mental Retardation in Mice

In a case of life imitating art, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) reported today that they had successfully reversed mental retardation in mice, just as scientists did in the classic 1966 novel Flowers for Algernon. In the book by Daniel Keyes, scientists use experimental surgery—first tested on a mouse named Algernon—to dramatically boost the intelligence of a mentally retarded janitor named Charlie Gordon. Now M.I.T. scientists report in Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences USA that they ameliorated brain damage in mice caused by a genetic disorder known as fragile X syndrome by blocking an enzyme involved in cellular development.

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This is pretty amazing!

[edit on 28-6-2007 by loam]




posted on Jun, 29 2007 @ 01:48 AM
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Cool find
now the trick is to get it to work with humans.



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