Like a molecular knob: That is how a gene controls the electrical activity of the brain

Its name is Foxg1, it is a gene, and its unprecedented role is the protagonist of the discovery just published on the journal Cerebral Cortex. Foxg1 was already known for being a “master gene” able to coordinate the action of hundreds of other genes. As this new study reports, the “excitability” of neurons, namely their ability to respond to stimuli, communicating between each other and carrying out all their tasks, also depends on this gene.