Genes and autism

Last February an exciting paper on genes and autism was published by the prestigious journal Cell. Dozens of researchers from Boston, New York, San Francisco, Helsinki, Aarhus, Dublin and many more universities came together to sequence thousands of genes of neurotypical and neurodivergent subjects. The picture I prepared explains (or tries to) what the researchersContinue reading “Genes and autism”

Brain development in children

The majority of human brain’s structure is shaped in the first 3 years of life. In details, when a child is born, his/her brain size and architecture is only 25% of the adult size. At age 1 is about 70%, and at age 3 is around 85%. The first 1000 days are, thus, quite importantContinue reading “Brain development in children”

Stress and white hair

It is been said that stress turns hair white. Zang and collaborators published on Nature the research, which gives us the confirmation of this popular saying. Long story short: stress triggers the fight-or-flight response, which has an impact on the cells producing hair pigments. Going into details of the experiment, researchers stressed mice by injectingContinue reading “Stress and white hair”