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Autism-linked protein lays groundwork for healthy brain

A gene linked to mental disorders helps lays the foundation for a crucial brain structure during prenatal development, according to Salk Institute research published January 14, 2016 in Cell Reports.

Salk Scientists Uncover Pathway
The autism-linked protein MDGA1 (red) is found in the zones of the brain that give rise to new neurons (green).
Credit: Salk Institute