Monthly Archives: June 2016

Touch, Autism, and MECP2

flaskResearchers at Harvard University are suggesting a new theory of autism. They are raising the possibility that atypical neurological responses to touch can play an important role in developing symptoms of autism, and suggesting that abnormal levels of MeCP2 levels in cells that respond to touch can be critical to the development of symptoms of autism.

Experiments with a number of types of genetically engineered laboratory mice, they found autistic-like behavior developed in those without MECP2 activity in touch cells, but not if normal activity was present in touch cells but not in other cells in the body. There are a number of cautions in interpreting this finding and the associated theory, but there are also a number of general observations that make this theory enticing. Continue reading


Genetic Alliance UK -Patient Voice Survey

strThe genetic Alliance UK is currently conducted a survey on “Impact of MECP2 duplication syndrome on patients, families and carers.” If you are a carer or family member, please consider completing this survey.
This survey will close on Sunday 12 June 2016 – if you wish to contribute after this date please email