'Master key' gene has links to both ASD and schizophrenia

Recent studies of complex brain disorders such as schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have identified a few "master keys," risk genes that sit at the center of a network of genes important for brain function. Researchers at Emory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have now created mice partially lacking one of those master keys, called MIR-137, and have used them to identify an angle on potential treatments for ASD.

The results are scheduled for publication in Nature Neuroscience.

The senior author of the study is Peng Jin, PhD, professor of human genetics at Emory University School of Medicine. He is also a GMB faculty member.

Click here to view the full story in Science Daily. The story was also featured in Lab Land - The Emory Health Sciences Research Blog and Medicalnewser.com.