Michigan Team Links Pair of Gene Mutations to Rare Caribbean Disorder

Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School said they have identified two gene mutations that appear to be responsible for a rare neurological disorder.

Certain people who are natives on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean have the debilitating disorder, called Cayman ataxia. The syndrome, which is found nowhere else in the world, is characterized by poor muscle coordination, mental retardation, uncontrollable head and eye movements, and difficulty speaking or walking.

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