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New mouse model of OCD

Cross posted from the Spoonful of Medicine blog, run by Nature Medicine.

Scientists have bred an unusually anxious, compulsively overgrooming mouse by knocking out a single gene called Slitrk5. These genetically altered mice, which behave much like people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), could help researchers better understand and treat the debilitating disorder. The work was published online yesterday in Nature Medicine.

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    Johnny T. said:

    This is very good news indeed; OCD is a horrible disease and research leading to greater understanding and better treatments is of tremendous benefit to humanity.

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