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Neuron. 2002 Jan 3;33(1):1-2.

A genetic basis for obsessive grooming.

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Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

Abstract

Excessive grooming behaviors, cleansing rituals, and self-mutilation are important features of a range of neuropsychiatric diseases including obsessive compulsive (OC)-spectrum disorders. In this issue of Neuron, Greer and Capecchi (2002) report that Hoxb8 mutant mice exhibit this behavioral phenotype. These Hoxb8 mutants will be valuable in exploring the genetics and pathophysiology of OC-spectrum disorders as well as strategies for their treatment.

PMID:
11779470
DOI:
10.1016/s0896-6273(01)00575-x
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