University of Washington Team Links Mutation to Rare, Sporadic Form of ALS | GenomeWeb

A team of researchers from the University of Washington claims to have identified a gene mutation they believe may contribute to an inherited, early-onset form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Discovering this mutation may lead to insight into the way in which defective motor neurons can damage other kinds of ALS, and “open up” new kinds of pharmacogenomics-based research for motor neuron diseases in general. Learning more about the biological repercussions of the mutation may lead to insights on how motor neurons are damaged in other forms of ALS.

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