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Baylor College Wins $4.5M from NIH to Study Genetics of Epilepsy

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have received $4.5 million from the NIH to study the genetics of epilepsy, BaylorCollegesaid last month.

 

The scientists, led by Jeffrey Noebels, plan to profile the sequences of 250 ion channel genes in patients with various forms of epilepsy in order to find mutations that contribute to the disease. The "Human Channelopathy Project" involves researchers at the departments of neurology as well as moleulcar and human genetics, and the HumanGenomeCenterat Baylor.

 

Mutations in ion channel genes underlie a number of neurological disorders, for example epilepsy, episodic movement disorders, and cardiac arrhythmias. The study will focus on sporadic cases, where no family history is known.

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