Microscopy image showing patches of magenta and green
Three Autism-Linked Genes Converge on Tweaks to Cells’ Timing
The genes are involved in pacing the development of inhibitory and excitatory neurons. An imbalance in these two types of signaling is thought to play a role in autism.
ABOVE: Paola Arlotta laboratory at Harvard University and Kwanghun Chung laboratory at MIT
Three Autism-Linked Genes Converge on Tweaks to Cells’ Timing
Three Autism-Linked Genes Converge on Tweaks to Cells’ Timing

The genes are involved in pacing the development of inhibitory and excitatory neurons. An imbalance in these two types of signaling is thought to play a role in autism.

The genes are involved in pacing the development of inhibitory and excitatory neurons. An imbalance in these two types of signaling is thought to play a role in autism.

ABOVE: Paola Arlotta laboratory at Harvard University and Kwanghun Chung laboratory at MIT

inhibitory neurons

illustration of a neuron connected to other neurons
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