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Tourette’s Syndrome

Rutgers Research: Creating Brain Cells to Detect Tourette’s; First to Use Genetic Engineering Technique to Investigate Disease

New Brunswick, NJ, September 25, 2017 — Robin Lally reports that scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick are the first to use a genetic engineering technique to create brain cells from the blood cells of individuals in a three-generation family with Tourette syndrome to help determine what causes the disease.

“This is so important to the future research of Tourette’s and other neuropsychiatric disorders because before this technique was discovered we were unable to study brain-type nerve cells of living patients,” said Jay Tischfield, senior author of the study published in Molecular Psychiatry and MacMillan Distinguished Professor of Genetics.  Continue reading