A multi-center team of researchers has found that abnormal multiplication of the alpha-synuclein gene may increase the risk of developing familial and sporadic Parkinson’s disease, and may offer scientists with a new way of studying neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Several years ago, researchers identified mutations in the alpha synuclein gene in a few large families in whom the disease was “unusually common.” Since then, mutations in several other genes have also been linked to familial forms of Parkinson’s disease.

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