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Rett syndrome drug shows promise in clinical trial
June 23, 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists first identified IGF1 as a possible treatment for Rett syndrome--a rare genetic disorder that causes intellectual disabilities, autism, and physical deformities, has no cure--in 2009, and children who received the drug for four weeks showed improvement in some areas. Now, MIT neuroscientists report some of the molecular detail behind the mechanism of IGF1 action.
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