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Rutgers researchers in Newark are looking at the factors that cause a brain to become autistic.Tracy Tran, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N), is leading a team to look at how the circuitry in the brain works, and if it can potentially be “rewired.”Tracy describes what the team is looking at as “How does any one particular neuron know to connect with neuron B and not neuron C or D or E?  It must precisely connect with its proper target,” she explains, “because if it doesn’t that’s what results in many of the neurological diseases that we see such as autism.” Tran’s team has received an $80,000 award for their research using lab mice to study autism.

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