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Members of Stephen Shea's lab have been studying how Rett syndrome affects the ability to learn during adulthood. In a new paper they announce their discovery that during the five days following the birth of pups, normal Mecp2 gene expression is required in order for adult female mice to learn how to gather wayward pups into a nest. Videos shown here compare the learned pup-retrieval behavior in healthy adult females with the inability of females with impaired Mecp2 expression to learn the task when placed in the same cage as a healthy mom. Read more
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