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Study Offers New Insight About Gene Expression & Neurological Disease Heritability

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The expression of genes in response to neuronal activity can significantly influence the human brain's development over time. While many neuroscientists have investigated the epigenetic effects of neuronal activity, most of their studies were conducted on mice, thus the understanding of these processes in humans is still very limited.

Past research consistently highlighted the role of alterations in GABAergic neuronal circuits in the development of a variety of neurological disorders. With this in mind, researchers at Harvard Medical School recently carried out a study aimed at characterizing neuronal activity-dependent transcriptional and epigenetic changes ...