Brain’s wiring explained by rare mutation of gene

Jun 19, 2018, 8:26 AM EDT
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(Source: amy leonard/flickr)

Understanding how the brain wires itself is the holy grail of neuroscience. A new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience examined 20 members of a Quebec family with a rare genetic mutation to find decode some of the mysteries related to the building of brain.

The new study found that a gene DCC helps dopamine-producing cells in the adolescent human brain make specific connections, which is a mechanism similar to that happening in mice, notes Science Daily.

The brain’s dopamine pathways are associated with disorders such as schizophrenia, addiction and depression, hence the insights from the research could help us understand these psychiatric conditions better, reports Futurity.