Gene GTF2I linked to social behavior, potential autism treatments

Neuroscience News March 1, 2024, 01:01 AM UTC

Summary: Researchers at UC San Diego have identified the gene GTF2I as a key factor in social behavior, particularly in Williams syndrome and autism. Using brain organoids, they found that GTF2I alterations lead to significant neural development issues, impacting social interaction capabilities. This discovery offers potential for treatments targeting GTF2I expression, potentially aiding individuals with autism. The study also contributes to understanding human social evolution and cooperation.

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