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A Duke University-led team characterizes an autism spectrum disorder-associated, alternatively spliced version of the ANK2 gene, which produces a so-called giant ankyrin-B (ankB). Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, the researchers produced mice with ASD-related splice changes affecting exon 37 of ANK2 before tracking mouse behavior and brain connectivity — analyses that highlighted enhanced neuronal axon branching and other brain connection changes in the giant ankB mice.

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