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In autism, genes drive early eye gaze abnormalities

Twin study reveals strong genetic influences on how infants visually explore social world New research has uncovered compelling evidence that genetics plays a major role in how children look at the world and whether they have a preference for gazing at people’s eyes and faces or at objects. The discovery by researchers at Washington University

Type 1 diabetes risk linked to intestinal viruses

Doctors can’t predict who will develop Type 1 diabetes, a chronic autoimmune disease in which one’s own immune system destroys the cells needed to control blood-sugar levels, requiring daily insulin injections and continual monitoring. Now, a new study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that viruses in the intestines

Malaria drug protects fetuses from Zika infection

Devastating consequences of Zika virus infection are suffered in the womb, where the virus can cause brain damage and sometimes death. Studying pregnant mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned that the Zika virus infects the fetus by manipulating the body’s normal barrier to infection. Moreover, they showed that

New clues found to common respiratory virus

Discovery provides potential target for vaccines, treatments by Tamara Bhandari By age 2, most children have been infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which usually causes only mild cold symptoms. But people with weakened immune systems, such as infants and the elderly, can face serious complications, including pneumonia and – in some cases – death.

Brain Patterns at 6 Months Predict Autism in High-Risk Infants

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of brain connectivity in 6-month-old infants at high risk for autism successfully identified 9 of 11 babies who went on to be diagnosed with the disorder at 24 months of age, according to findings published online today in Science Translational Medicine. Moreover, the imaging data correctly categorized all 48 of

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Shriners opens new lab to WashU scientists making breakthroughs in arthritis

By Michele Munz St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 20, 2017 A multimillion-dollar lab opened this week at Shriners Hospital for Children, signaling a powerful collaboration that allows leading scientists at Washington University School of Medicine to perform cutting edge research at the philanthropic hospital. Staffed with 30 scientists from the medical school, the lab is focused on

Researchers connect molecular function to high blood pressure, diseases

By Beth Miller March 1, 2017 Jianmin Cui’s lab investigated mechanisms of the an important ion channel called the BK channel, which is associated with high blood pressure, autism and movement disorders. By changing one small portion of a stimulus that influences part of one molecule’s function, engineers and researchers at Washington University in St. Louis

Changing cell behavior could boost biofuels, medicine

By Beth Miller November 7, 2016 An engineer at Washington University in St. Louis developed an algorithm that suggests gene to remove from certain cells, such as yeast, to get them to perform a normal activity in a different environment or situation. A computer scientist at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way